If all goes according to plan, West Point area residents will have a new municipal swimming pool to dive into next spring.

The first hurdle to clear was a ballot issue that needed voter approval to raise the city’s local sales tax one-half cent to fund a portion of the pool’s estimated $6.4 million cost. Any grant money or private donations received will reduce that amount.

The vote total was 76 percent (627 votes) ‘for’ the sales tax increase and 24 percent (201 votes) ‘against.’ The 828 votes cast for the pool issue represents 39 percent of the city’s registered voters.

Cuming County Clerk Bonnie Vogltance reported the unofficial results Tuesday evening.

Although local voters approved the pool, the timeline for its construction is he second hurdle because there will be a short period of time for for bids and construction.

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