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Voters save community pool

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SELAH, Wash.-- Thanks to voters, people in Selah can count on having their community pool open for at least the next six years.

Preliminary Results from Tuesday's election show the Selah Parks and Rec Levy passing with almost 78% of the vote.

The city was worried they'd have to shut down the 50-year old pool because of a lack of funding.

But a community group called "Save Our Swim" worked to get the property tax levy approved by folks living outside the city limits.

The approval means folks living in a $100,000 home will have to pay an extra $8.50 a year.

The levy will raise an estimated $120,000 dollars a year, the exact amount needed to keep the pool open.

"I don't want to see the swimming end, it's huge. We've got great talent in this community. Who knows, we might have an Olympian in the mix. I have no idea," said Michelle Bannister of Save Our Swim.

The pool is home to the Selah Dolphin Swim Team which has about 135 swimmers.

The property tax levy will last for the next six years and Bannister says that's plenty of time to figure out how they can come up with a long term funding solution.

Now if the levy did not pass, the pool would have closed for good on Sunday. But instead, they're holding a free, open swim from 5-7pm to celebrate.