God bless John and Tashia Morgridge for their generous donation of $4 million towards a new Hoyt Park swimming pool.
The problem is that county officials are looking to shift county dollars away from Hoyt Park to fund another pool in Lincoln Park or elsewhere. There is a small flaw with that idea: it doesn't make any sense.
Parks Director Sue Black said she hopes the $4 million challenge grant will draw in another $4 million, so an endowment can be established to pay for operating expenses and maintenance. Let's say the Hoyt Pool doesn't cost the county any money, ever.
But Hoyt Park pool is closed, so the county isn't spending any money to run it. No savings there.
The economics of the multi-pool proposal really boils down to this: add a pool to the Milwaukee County park system that doesn't cost county taxpayers anything to build or maintain and
add another pool to the Milwaukee County park system that taxpayers must pay to both build and maintain.
These two things, added together, do not equal 0.
If supervisors really want to add two functioning swimming pools to the parks system, they need to cut somewhere else or add to the tax levy. And if they want to do the latter, they need to figure out how to get that idea past County Exec Scott Walker's veto pen.