DIXON (WIFR) – Some taxpayers in Dixon are trying to foot the bill to re-open the city’s public pool that’s been closed since 2000.
When you walk into the Dixon Memorial Pool you can still see the daily rates even though the facility has been closed for 13 years. Dixon residents Marilyn Trulock and Colleen Brechon say there’s a lot of history in here. Presidnet Ronald Reagan even dedicated the pool in 1950 as a tribute to World War II veterans and it’s hard to believe it once was full of people.
“The swimming lessons were a very exciting time for me as a kid,” Brechon said.
These women want to bring back that summer excitement and create the scene from a replica pool in New York that was renovated.
“Our kids have three months with nothing to do and a lot of them,” said Trulock.
Trulock and Brechon have about $20,000 in the bank through donations and fundraisers, however bids to revive the historical structure are in the millions. But these women say it’s worth it.
“I think Dixon and our kids deserve this.”
The Dixon Park District used to operate the pool but It could no longer afford it. The agency cannot pitch in now because of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law. In exchange for keeping property taxes low, the district can’t issue bonds for capital improvement projects and two previous referendums to raise taxes for the pool have failed.
An account has been set up at Midland State Bank for donations. You can send your donations, comments, and suggestions to:
PO Box 906
Dixon, IL 61021