It is long past time for Piedmont to rebuild our one and only community pool.Former Piedmont Mayors Dean Barbieri, Michael Bruck, John Chiang, Abe Friedman, Susan Hill, Valerie Matzger
Current residents of Piedmont have benefitted from the generosity of prior residents who built, paid for, and in many cases donated our buildings, parks, playfields and of course, the pool. Their generosity toward future generations has allowed us, as taxpayers, to focus our collective resources on our excellent public schools.
It is now our turn to step up to rebuild our failing infrastructure. The two measures on the ballot in November are about repairing and replacing what is broken. Measure UU will allow Piedmont to issue, for the first time ever, municipal bonds to rebuild the failing 56-year-old Piedmont Pool. Municipal bonds are like a 30-year fixed-rate community mortgage, repaid through property tax assessments. Measure TT will align the real property transfer tax – only paid when a home is bought or sold – to match those of Berkeley and Oakland, and use the funds to repair and maintain our city facilities and failing roads and sidewalks.
To us, six former Piedmont Mayors, the focus on long-term planning is a sign of pragmatic and strategic thinking. The current City Council unanimously placed Measures UU and TT on the ballot because our failing infrastructure can’t wait. Spending more to repair a crumbling pool facility makes no fiscal sense. Borrowing money at low interest rates to rebuild a necessary civic asset is the prudent decision.
Soon the City Council will be forced to make the decision that no one wants to make: to permanently close the Piedmont Pool.
If Measure UU does not pass, Piedmont will then fail to provide a basic public amenity that every other city in Alameda County provides to its residents. Whether you swim or not, the lack of a municipal pool would be a profound loss for our community and our schools.
Please join us in supporting the future of Piedmont and voting yes on Measures UU and TT.