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New Iberia needs new pool, tax: Mayor Curry

The pool in New Iberia City Park will open this summer; despite budget setbacks. Mayor Hilda Curry says there's no guarantee it will remain open.

"If we have major problems with the pool, we cannot keep sinking money into this old pool," says Mayor Curry.

Taking a look inside the pool in City Park, you can see the paint is peeling and there are a few cracks. But city officials say it's what's underneath the pool that could pose the biggest problems this summer.

"There's pipe that runs underneath it to drain the pool and also the pump and the piping that feeds the pool could be a problem," says Parks and Recreation Supt. Tony Migues.

Last week the city council agreed to open the pool. Mayor Pro Temp Dan Doerle says the approximately $10,000 needed to open is coming from a $3 admission charge and fee increase for the city's day camp—$65 to $75.

He says there is no money coming from the parks and recreation budget. Mayor Curry proposed a dedicated sales tax last December, which allocated some money to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Mayor Curry says had her sales tax passed this spring, “we certainly know there wouldn't be any issues with opening the pool.”

The pool will open, but Mayor Curry says nothing can go wrong.

"If the pump breaks or we have major repairs that need to take place then we will not be able to do it," says Mayor Curry.

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