Tuesday, June 28, 2011

When The Pool Bill Sank

Councilperson Courtney Watsons initiative to provide property tax relief to some HoCo private swim clubs is faltering. According to this story by Larry Carson in The Sun, after a council  legistlative work session on Monday the proposed bill “might be in trouble.”

“Council Chairman Calvin Ball, an East Columbia Democrat, repeatedly asked a spokesman for one of the private pools why the county should grant a tax break when the pool has not challenged its property assessments, raised membership fees in three years or operated at a loss. "You haven't exhausted all the other options," Ball said.”

For me the defining moment came in this video clip where Conrad Katulski, president of the Watermont Swim Club Board of Directors was grilled by Dr. Ball. Conrads defense of his dues policy was noble but ultimately ineffective.

As an added bonus this clip includes a cameo of Larry Carson working on what was probably his last story for The Sun.
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