The Best Party has broken one of its campaign promises regarding city swimming pools, but has stood by its promise to break its campaign promises.
The party has submitted a proposal to city council which would raise the fee to use city pools from 360 ISK to 450 ISK. While the admission fee for city pools has increased by 96% over the past seven years, this new fee marks a 62% increase.
Readers may remember that when the Best Party was running for Reykjavík city council in 2010, they promised that they would make admittance to city pools free, and that everyone would get a free towel upon entry. However, they also promised that they would break all of their campaign promises.
The justification behind the fee raise, according to the work group who put the proposal together, is the encourage city residents to buy multiple visit pool cards – and thereby use the pool more frequently – than to pay per visit.