Bozeman aquatic center bond could cost taxpayers millions –
BOZEMAN, Mont. – Monday night Bozeman city commissioners discussed their General Fund Capital Improvement Plan for the next five years. The plan is a budget that covers a wide range of city needs.NBC Montana went through the 84-page document and found the city wants to fund a new aquatics center. According to the plan, it would cost more than $16 million to build it.The city aims to ask voters in 2021 to approve a bond.Bozeman already has the Swim Center and Bogert Pool. NBC Montana asked the city’s park and recreation director why this new project is needed.Mitch Overton said, “We have not built a new aquatics facility since 1974 here in Bozeman. The community has grown and changed quite a bit since 1974, and it’s time to start building these improvements.”A bond for a new aquatics center would ask for money to renovate other city pools as well. The new pool is estimated to cost $16 million. Renovations at Bogert Pool would be an additional about $450,000. Upgrades the city wants to make to the Swim Center would add on $945,000 to that. The total could run close to $18 million.