The city's swimming pool is draining funds needed for new parks, and impact fees paid by developers should go for park development and not the pool's debt, a Layton citizen's group has determined.
The citizen's group was formed to review the city's parks and recreation program and make recommendations for inclusion in the city master plan.Reviewing the group's conclusions Thursday, the Layton Council said that impact fees for at least the next year will still go toward paying off the bonds sold to build the pool.
Council members have been debating the pool's cost of operation in recent months, including subsidies from the general fund and park impact fees used to supplement revenue from the facility.
In its tentative 1991-92 budget adopted later Thursday, the council estimates the city will receive $110,000 in park impact fees in the coming year.
The budget estimates the pool's total operation cost for next year at $571,000, with revenues totaling $310,000. The city will transfer $261,000 from the general fund to make up the difference, including $98,000 to repay construction bonds.
The council adopted the group's recommendations for inclusion in the city master plan. The findings have been reviewed and approved previously by the planning commission.
The citizen's group also recommends that the city develop small neighborhood parks as its first priority, with larger community-use parks second, followed by other recreation facilities.
It recommends that flood control retention basins be considered for park development creeks, and other drainage systems be developed as corridors or green belts.
Retention ponds are owned by the county, however, which has legal responsibility for flood control and an agreement would have to be drawn up to allow the ponds to be used as parks.
Homes in the residential area of the city should be within one-quarter to three-quarters of a mile from the nearest park or greenbelt, the committee recommended.