Cache Creek Pool Community Forum

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Cache Creek Pool Community Forum

The Cache Creek Pool was built in 1974.  The Brock Pool in Kamloops is similar in size to the Cache Creek Pool and was built for almost $800,000.  Extrapolating to today’s costs, that pool would cost roughly 5 Million dollars to build today.  As council has noted, the current location of the Cache Creek pool is not ideal as it sits below the water table.  This requires that the pool be filled and heated year-round even when not in use to prevent the pool from coming up out of the ground when the river rises in the spring.  If a new pool were to be built, a suitable location would need to be found and purchased.

Pools cost a lot of money to run, and don’t bring in a lot of revenue.  With the Cache Creek pool having free admission over the last few years, that revenue is even less.  The amount of money that would be made by admission costs is not that significant, at roughly $5000 a year.  That still leaves roughly $100,000 coming from the taxes collected by the Village of Cache Creek to pay for the operation of the pool.

In 2019, which was a shorter pool season, just over 4,500 people visited the pool for public swim times.  Half of these users were children, a quarter were seniors and the remaining quarter were teens and adults. Tourists made up approximately 20-40% of patron public swim visits in July and August

How can the residents of Cache Creek pay for the operations of the pool?

The average household in Cache Creek pays $626 in taxes that go directly to the operation of the village.  (This is based on the average property assessment from 2020 being $207,00 and with a municipal tax rate of 3.02%/$1000)

For each 1% tax increase, the village would bring in an additional $5700 in residential taxes.

The pool is losing roughly $100,000 per year in operational costs.  For the residents of Cache Creek to pay for the pool though a tax increase, taxes would have to be increased anywhere from 11 to 17%. Which would take the average household taxes to $652 to $726 a year.  Council can choose whether to increase residential and business taxes, and the percentage of each.

This is just to pay for the operations of the pool and does not include the planned 10% increase each year over the next 5 years.  (Information from Cache Creek Bylaw 815, 5 year financial Plan)

The Village of Cache Creek had the Environmental Health Officer from Interior Health in to look at the pool on March 10th.  According to his report Cache Creek needs to apply for a construction permit for the work that was done in replacing the chlorine pump a few years ago to ensure that it was installed properly. A call was made to the inspector to clarify if this was the only thing that might prevent the pool from opening this year, with no response back.

There are alternatives to the current pool.  As previously stated, building a new outdoor pool would require the purchase of suitable land and cost at least 5 million dollars to build.  As of now, there are no grants available for a capital build of this nature.

An indoor pool is another option. The district of Vanderhoof just built a brand-new indoor facility.  They opened their doors at the beginning of 2019.  This pool cost 12 million dollars to build.  The district was lucky enough to receive grant money to pay for a significant portion of the pool.  This pool costs about 1 million dollars a year to run year-round.  Revenue from the pool only accounts for about 40% of that.  The remaining 60%, or $600,000 comes from taxes paid for by the residents and businesses residing in the district.

Another option would be a spray/water park.  This would not be suitable for all residents, as it’s geared towards youth, but would provide a reprieve from our hot summers for youth and would still be a stop of interest for tourists passing through. 

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