Mayor TenHaken's new budget marks millions, new borrowing for new pools across Sioux Falls
Mayor will present spending to City Councilors next month
Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken will ask for the first of what will be $70 million or more he wants to overhaul the parks pool system.
The mayor’s office and the Sioux Falls Finance Department have released the city’s new five-year capital improvement plan (CIP), a 172-page document outlining $1.1 billion in spending proposals through 2028. The largest chunk of those dollars are slated for highways and streets — $457 million. Maintaining and operating other utilities like water, sewer and the landfill get a good share of the capital dollars in the plan too.
About $30 million of those dollars are marked for the start of a plan to replace aquatics facilities at five city parks that currently have aging, outdoor swimming pools.
A brand new pool location could also be added to the city’s aquatics inventory in southern Sioux Falls.
The latest CIP specifically targets funding for McKennan Park, Frank Olson Park and Kuehn Park.
Of that $30 million, about $7 million will come in the 2024 budget and cover the cost of engineering, design and some preliminary construction. The rest will come in future budget years in the form of debt payments toward a bond for the work the city anticipates taking out late next year.
The mayor says the pools are “one of the most-anticipated investments” in the CIP and the 2024 budget he’ll present to the City Council next week.
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