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Vote for indoor pool for Jackson County

To the Editor:

As a Jackson County resident, I am excited to vote for the indoor pool at the Jackson County Recreation Center. This pool could be used for so many activities such as swimming, pool parties, exercise classes, water aerobics, SUP yoga, and serve the needs of many people who suffer from medical conditions and injuries.

The indoor pool could also be used for educational purposes, such as, lifeguard training, water aerobics, swimming lessons and surrounding school systems for diving and swimming competition. This would provide an indoor pool for Smoky Mountain High School swimming teams to have a place to practice and compete with other  schools and groups. When schools and groups outside of the county come and compete in Jackson County, this could bring many guests who probably would have an overnight stay and spend money which could benefit the local economy. 

The facility would create jobs, such as, front desk checkers, lifeguards, instructors for swimming, water aerobics, and rehab therapists to work with those with medical conditions.

I am happy to support the bond referendum because of the many opportunities it provides for both young and old residents of the county. The Aquatics Center will cost the county $20 millioin, but each resident will pay .0226 per $100 of property tax. This will only be a very small increase for every property owner in the county. For me it will increase my property tax less than $70 and look how everyone can benefit from this new facility. What a deal this is? I want a healthy and happy Jackson County.

Fred Hinson,

Cullowhee

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