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July 10, 2014

Meadowview supporters raising money to keep pool open

CLINTON — Delinquent payments have put Meadowview Pool on the tax sale list, according to the Clinton city treasurer’s office.

If the Meadowview Heights Recreation Association doesn’t pay $2,563.89 in late property tax debt by Aug. 19, the property will be acquired through the sale. That number will increase if the bill isn’t paid by the end of July, while other delinquent payments — a separate $833 property tax fee and $565.67 unpaid sewer bills — don’t have a deadline but also need to be paid off.

In total, that’s $3,962.56 outstanding debt.

Tammy Isenhour, Meadowview board treasurer, said she recently came into her role. When she visited the city assessor to make property payments, the delinquency was discovered.

The bills stem from payments that weren’t made in 2010 and 2011. Isenhour said her board has begun pushing for more memberships and donations, otherwise the facility will be acquired and likely close by its August deadline. The association has paid part of the 2011 and all of the 2012 payments; 2013’s amounts are still undecided.

“If you don’t pay it off in full, then the person (behind the tax sale) will own the property,” Isenhour said. “We were just not aware of it. On the board, everybody had their role. I didn’t even think to ask the right questions.”

Established in 1959, the pool was created as a neighborhood facility for people near Skyline Drive. As regulations for operating the pool laid out certain stipulations, the pool was made a membership-driven enterprise in the mid-2000s.

Currently, the pool has 32 membership families and eight individual members, operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It employs five lifeguards in the summer — the only staff on payroll. Moneys also are generated through leases.

Isenhour said membership is low, which isn’t a good sign since most all of the revenue is generated through those membership fees.

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