Wednesday, April 30, 2008

YMCA could lose city’s funding

Express Staff Writer

In anticipation for Thursday's mid-year budget review, Sun Valley Mayor Wayne Willich has recommended elimination of a $75,000 contract for service with the Wood River Community YMCA in the city's 2007-2008 budget.

According to a memo from Treasurer Michelle Frostenson, Willich is recommending that all future funding for "Community Program Support" be "put on hold." The exception is the Idaho Meth Project, which is asking for $1,000.

Willich said in an interview that the city has other needs for that funding.

"The bottom line is the previous administration kept on delaying capital projects and bled down the city's reserves by $2 million over the last two years," Willich said.

The mayor added that Sun Valley has an outstanding bill of $685,000 to improve the paved multi-use path that runs along Elkhorn Road.

Willich will discuss his recommendation at a City Council meeting on Thursday, May 1, at 2:30 p.m. at Sun Valley City Hall.

The YMCA is located in Ketchum.

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