Indigo Shire and 37 other rural councils have told the Victorian state government they can't afford to maintain and replace pools.
Councillor Jenny O'Connor, speaking to a feasibility study on Beechworth's pool, said that submission was made by Rural Councils Victoria.
"The cost of pools to smaller councils ... is absolutely disproportionate to our capacity to pay for that," she said.
"We are very aware of the importance and significance of these pools to our community, that's why we are prepared to bear the cost.
"None of the pools are at the standard we would like to see."
Cr Larry Goldsworthy detailed how the pool had deteriorated since it was built in the 1970s and said there were "considerable concerns" about it.
"Back in 2007, 2008 the spine of the pool cracked and it was replaced with a liner," he said.
"The estimated life span of that liner was five years.
"It is failing; the concrete supports around the side of the pool are a great cause for concern.
"When you swim in the pool or actually walk on the bottom of it, it's almost like a trampoline effect with water under it.
"The options that are put before us aren't very palatable in relation to the cost - $10 million for anything would be one of the largest investments that council would seek to make in any asset.
"I would like to see the staff make it a priority to advocate for funding, particularly in light of the upcoming elections both federal and state."
IN OTHER NEWS:
Council will allocate funds to replace the liner in the next budget.
In a jam-packed final meeting for the year, council also approved master plans for the Beechworth Historic Precinct and Kiewa River community access.
Councillors also resolved not to seek a rate cap variation for the 2022/23 financial year.
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