by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
555 of 762 Jackson County residents surveyed wanted an indoor pool. 760 out of 762 wanted to pay user fees sufficient to recover costs. Actually, that last sentence was a lie. The county’s Parks and Recreation Director Rusty Ellis claims the county is losing money by not having a pool, as serious swimmers and therapy patients must go elsewhere. In 2000, Waynesville built an aquatic park that is a money hole. Waynesville’s CFO Eddie Caldwell indicated charging unsubsidized cost-recovery fees would turn the pool into a country club.