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MAC to Close for A While


The Madras Aquatic Center (MAC) in Madras will be closed for the next month to save money.   It will reopen on May 2nd.  The move is an attempt to save $30,000. The Director of the Aquatics Center, Bobby Deroest  says currently the facility is facing a $70,000 budget shortfall: “By turning off the heat and pumps, we're hoping it's going to have a big impact on our bills, gas bills and electricity. We're hoping to save about $15,000.” The other $30,000 savings will come from the month long layoff of worker salaries. Long term, the pool board is looking at a tax to bring in more revenue to pay for the pool. Currently, about 27% of the Center's budget is paid for by a property tax levy and the rest, comes from memberships, swim lessons and other programs. The Board is considering whether to put such a tax questions on possibly this November or next May's ballot.

 

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