Update (Tuesday): Polls are open until 7 p.m. today in the city of Spartanburg for the mayoral runoff between incumbent Junie White and challenger Todd Horne.

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Original article (Nov. 17): The two candidates running for Spartanburg mayor said they support building an indoor pool at the future Dr. T.K. Gregg Community Center on the north side of the city, but they differ on the best ways of paying to operate and maintain it.

The Herald-Journal sat down this week with incumbent Mayor Junie White and construction executive Todd Horne for video interviews on this and other topics affecting the city of Spartanburg, including downtown development, affordable housing and minority business recruitment.

The candidates will meet in a runoff election Tuesday after neither received a majority vote on Nov. 7.

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City Council’s 5-2 vote earlier this week to build an indoor pool at the new community center will require the city to put more financial resources toward the project than initially anticipated.

A community center with an outdoor pool was forecast to cost the city $11 million; with an indoor pool, $16 million, according to City Manager Ed Memmott. And the long-term maintenance costs for an indoor pool are expected to be about four times as much as they would be for an outdoor facility.

City staff has said that for the city to maintain and operate the indoor pool, significant funding would be pulled from the parks and recreation budget, and other community development needs could be delayed.

In January, White voted against an indoor pool at the community center, tying the vote 3-3 to delay the decision until one side could win a majority vote with a seven-member council.

During his video interview this week, White said the indoor pool is a big budget item, but he doesn’t think the city’s parks and recreation needs are going to be forgotten or eliminated.

“We would never, as a City Council, we’d of never voted in favor of that if we thought it was going to deplete our resources,” he said. “We’ll have money available.”

White said the indoor pool will not only be used by Northside residents, but by health care sites and schools.

“There’s some financing in there we can get from them,” he said. “We’re going to have to have some help from the school district and from the hospital system. I think we can make it work and not take all our funds away from the trails.”

Horne said in his video interview that while he is in favor of an indoor pool at the community center, he is against the way the operating cost is going to be paid for.

“If you had a proactive mayor, a mayor who’s going out to help raise the private funding that needs to help offset this operating cost, that would be beneficial to the city and it would help pull some of that weight that’s about to be put on them,” he said.

Horne added that he believes the mayor should be someone who is right beside the city manager looking for funding partners.

“It’s been 10 months since the first vote happened and that has given Ed (Memmott) and other members of council and the mayor plenty of time to go out and raise that funding,” he said. “And now there’s going to be a strain on the city’s budget and the parks and rec budget because of that vote a week before the runoff.”

In January, City Manager Ed Memmott said city staff had approached potential partners to help share in the annual operating costs of an indoor pool. Several of the entities were interested but not willing, he said at the time.