City leaders say public pools are "essential service"

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Some Cincinnati city leaders are calling public pools an "essential service" to neighborhoods after the recent heat wave.

Funding for the pools were threatened this year after the city cut more than $2 million from the Cincinnati Recreation Commission's budget.

However, a combination of fundraising and money from the city council helped keep them open.

The pools are in danger again next year.

"Pools for children and families in Cincinnati neighborhoods are a core essential service and they will be threatened once again by the pending budget cuts that the city manager will be recommending for 2012," said Vide Mayor Roxanne Qualls.

The city is projecting a $33 million dollar deficit for 2012, but fundraising efforts have already begun to keep pools open next year.

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