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City to recommend 2018 closure of Sugar Land pool

Decision was not made lightly, city says

SUGAR LAND, Texas – Due to budget reasons, the city of Sugar Land will recommend closing its pool for the 2018 season, officials said Monday.

“Unfortunately, the City Pool is in need of significant reinvestment to ensure the safety of users, which is estimated to cost between $50,000 to $100,000,” the city wrote in a statement on its Facebook page. “In this economic climate, these capital repairs simply cannot be afforded in Fiscal Year 2018.”

City officials said they understand the move is “disruptive and upsetting.”

Not only do residents love the pool, but it has served as home base for organizations such as the Sugar Land Sharks for decades.

The city has to make more than $1.5 million in recurring budget cuts to bring the budget back into balance.

The reductions are not only impacting the pool -- they’re being spread across most city departments.

The Sugar Land City Council will consider the budget recommendations at its meeting set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Members of the community are invited to speak during the meeting’s public comment portion.

The city is considering reopening the pool for public use in fiscal year 2019.

This decision was not made lightly, city officials said.

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Online:

City Council Agenda Request

More specifics from the city on the budget

Budget highlights


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