Does anyone out there actually believe the state and federal governments will give Tamworth council $57 million for an aquatic centre? It's a relevant question.
And that is the figure set before the costs blow out, as almost every single piece of government-backed infrastructure spending does.
For the last few years Tamworth residents have been polarised by the Aquatic Centre proposal, although ever since council decided on, then floated and voted for the $67 million option, tensions seem to have simmered.
Have they blinded themselves with their own ambition, was that the plan all along, or do they know something we don't?
One thing is certain, council is driving hard to make this pool happen.
Community consultation has been carried out, there is no doubt.
Of course there are those who will continue to question how valid that consultation was depending on where they stand on the issue - either for, or against.
However just a few short weeks ago the city, and council, were left mortified when the state government failed to come to the party for Tamworth to finally get a fully fledged university campus.
The offer fell short by a measly, yet breathtaking, $16 million.
That's $16 million for a piece of infrastructure that would have undoubtedly had massive positive ramifications for the region and residents, and now we want $57 million for an aquatic facility.
Other local projects on the table and in need of funding, include an intermodal rail hub, an international air freight hub, a Tamworth bypass, at least one dam upgrade and another school.
The pool water gets muddier still with the chance of a state, and maybe even federal Labor government at the negotiating table after the coming polls.
You can't blame council for its ambition, it's admirable, and only time will tell if governments - at all levels - are on the same page when it comes to the future growth of our region.