After almost a year of negotiations between the school district and the city over how the cost of a proposed Olympic-size swimming pool will be divided, the City Council Wednesday adopted an ordinance that allocates a $500,000 state grant for construction.
The council tentatively approved the ordinance last week on a 5-0 vote. A previous agreement called for the district and the city to pay $200,000 each but was rescinded after council members raised questions about its effect on the city's finances.
The cost of the pool, estimated at $908,100, will be divided among the city, which will use the grant it was awarded last year; the district, which will pay $308,100, and a citizens' group, which will contribute $100,000.
The ordinance requires the city and the Downey Unified School District to make the 75-by-164-foot pool available to the public for 25 years with the district paying for 75% of the maintenance costs and the city paying 25%.