Tukwila Pool district deserves its own board | EDITORIAL

Tukwila's should vote yes resoundingly in the Nov. 3 general election on a measure to change the pool district’s governance to a independently elected Board of Commissioners. At the same time, they’ll be voting on the first five members of the new governing board.

Tukwila voters have already shown they support their pool with the formation of the Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District in 2011.

That saved the pool,  which has served Tukwila residents for decades, from closing because the City of Tukwila didn’t have the money to operate it.

But there’s one more issue that Tukwila voters should resolve.

They should vote yes resoundingly in the Nov. 3 general election on a measure to change the pool district’s governance to a independently elected Board of Commissioners. At the same time, they’ll be voting on the first five members of the new governing board.

The commissioner election becomes moot if the governance change isn’t approved. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Since the park district was created, the members of the Tukwila City Council have also served as the district’s commissioners. That created some policy “conflicts of interest” when the council members had to decide what was best not only for the City of Tukwila but also for the park district.

The plan always was to offer this measure to voters, but first the city had to transfer ownership of the pool to the park district. That happened earlier this year.

During this time there has been an active group of Tukwila citizens who first ensured the pool was saved and then worked just as hard to make sure it survived.  Now, members of that group are running for the commission. Frankly, there are no other individuals better suited to run the district in Tukwila.

They have spent their own time doing research that helped the City Council make informed decisions, attended meetings as advisers to the council and have spent countless hours promoting the pool.

They all deserve a big thank you.

Four of the candidates are running unopposed, which pretty much ensures their election. They are Vanessa Zaputil, Position 1, Ellen C. Gengler, Position 2, Christine Neuffer, Position 3, and Jeri Frangello-Anderson, Position 4.

There is one “contested” race: David Puki and Michael Robert Neher are running for Position 5 on the commission.

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