Taylor City Council says no to YMCA funding, at least for now

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on November 8, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 11:21 PM

TAYLOR -- - Thursday night the Taylor city council voted not to fund a controversial brand new YMCA, at least not right now. 

“I'm very much torn by this decision. It's a hard decision,” said one Taylor council member during discussion before the vote which made for a packed house at Taylor City Hall Thursday.
 
The issue of a new recreational facility stretches back years in Taylor.  However in 2004, it was listed by Taylor residents as one of the priority improvements they wanted to see there.
 
Fast forward eight years. In a recent election, more than 60-percent of Taylor voters said no to funding a new YMCA.  There is already a YMCA in Taylor but a city spokesperson told KVUE their space was very cramped.
 
“If the city hadn't asked for a public vote, I'd have supported it, but they asked the citizens and 62-percent rejected it. I don't like them going against the citizens,” said Arnold Cuba, a Taylor resident, to KVUE.
 
After voters said no to creating a bond to fund the new YMCA project, Taylor city leaders say they found $3.7 million somewhere else to pay for the recreation center.
 
“It's a quality of life issue, you know, and again, f we provide that facility, it's going to be able for us to bring more people to our community,” said Taylor Mayor Don Hill.
 
The problem now is that after tweaking the plan it’s coming in between $300,000-500,000 over its original budget.
 
If the new rec. center becomes reality, it will sit on donated park land between the Taylor Middle School and nearby baseball diamonds. 
 
Mayor Hill told KVUE that it is now up to a Taylor council member to put the YMCA issue back on the table if he can find an alternative way of funding which would make everyone happy.
 
The City of Taylor has already spent more than $200,000 of taxpayer money on the proposed YMCA. 

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