NEOSHO, Mo. — To prevent another season of water loss, the City of Neosho will be installing a liner over its pool.
The Neosho City Council on Tuesday accepted a $169,000 bid from Titan Aquatics of Kansas City to apply the rubber liner to the Neosho City Pool, located at 416 Fairground Road.
Built 44 years ago, the pool “leaks like a sieve”, parks director Clint Dalbom said during a February 1 meeting.
“We filled it up earlier in the year and then left it for three days,” Dalbom said at that meeting. “He had fallen about 6 feet. He’s losing a lot of water.
Dalbom said the extra water cost more than $20,000 last year.
The city had no budget for the liner in the current fiscal year. However, expenditures in this year’s fiscal budget included re-grouting and painting the surface of the pool for up to $40,000, he said. The understudy would replace the need for this job.
The balance of the project cost would be paid for from the city’s general fund, City Manager David Kennedy said at Tuesday’s meeting. Additionally, the project may be eligible to use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion bill signed into law by President Joe Biden last year, Kennedy said.
The project includes redesigning the main pool walls and also includes resurfacing the aquatic center’s children’s pool, Dalbom said Tuesday. Work is expected to begin March 1 and be completed in time for the pool opening on Memorial Day.
Use tax meetings
In other business, the city announced a series of town hall meetings to answer questions about a voting issue facing Neosho voters on April 5. Meetings are scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. on March 1 and 15 and from 6 to 7 p.m. on March 8 and 22. Each meeting will be held at the Civic, located at 109 W. Main St.
The city charges a use tax on out-of-state purchases that would match the city’s sales tax, currently set at 3%.
Use tax would not be imposed on goods and services sold at stores located within the city limits of Neosho. This would apply to purchases made on websites, such as Amazon, that compete with Neosho-based businesses.
Communicating this point will be a priority for city officials. In previous meetings, council members said comments from residents showed confusion on the issue. They also note that the city is losing sales tax revenue due to website competition.
The problem has failed three times in the past three years, each time missing by narrow margins. The town halls will aim to explain the problem of the ballot and answer questions about why it is necessary. The city will also send out flyers on the ballot issue.
Use taxes are slowly gaining acceptance in the region, with city councils constantly bringing them up for repeat elections and voters eventually agreeing. Webb City was one of the first cities to do so; Joplin voters approved a use tax last year after three previous failures in recent years.