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Construction on Selah Aquatic Center will begin despite levy failing to pass

Construction on Selah Aquatic Center will begin despite levy failing to pass

SELAH, Wa. -- The Selah Parks and Recreation Service Area board is moving forward with construction on the Selah Aquatic Center.

The board voted to start building the Aquatic Center Wednesday night although the $305,000 levy for the pool’s operation and maintenance failed to pass in the recent primary election.

SPRSA Chairperson Kelliann Ergeson says even though they came short for votes on the levy, they still have permission to build the aquatic center.

“The city has granted us permission to go forward with building a facility on the land on Wixson Park despite the fact that... on August 7th of this very summer once again we fell just shy of super majority of votes required," said Ergeson.

According to SPRSA, they are estimating an 11 to 12-week operation for next summer to cost around $200,000 for the first year.

The board members say they are hoping to raise that money through fundraisers or community donations.

The Aquatic Center is expected to start construction sometime in September.

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