TOPPENISH, Wash -- The Toppenish City pool is set to remain open.
The city is facing a $700,000 budget deficit due to decreasing sales tax revenue and increasing administrative costs. As a result , the city council will have to cut services and lay off several city employees. The cuts will mean the elimination of the Parks and Recreation Department -- and the swimming pool.
The Rotary Club of Toppenish has stepped in, and has offered to take over running the pool.
"The thing that made the most sense to us," said Michael Curren, a member of the Toppenish Rotary Club, "Was to try to do something to continue to keep the pool open for the future, for the children, and even for the adults of Toppenish."
The exact details of how the Rotary club will run the pool are still being worked out.