Yelm Public Safety Building & City Council Chambers
This blogger’s question covered here December 10 and posed to the Yelm City Council was the ONLY comment in the two 2014 Budget Public Hearings held November 26 & December 10:
“Can you please explain to the public why the City of Yelm has these requested funds in the 2014 budget?”
– Community center Operations & Maintenance = $50,000
– Community Center Design = $150,000
– Community Center Construction Management = $150,000
– Community Center Construction = $1,768,250
– Yelm Skatepark = $439,208
Total = $2,557,458
Click here for the Yelm City budget released to the public, scroll to page 72.
City Administrator Shelly Badger explained to the Yelm City Council December 10 that the city has previously received revenue from 3 sources:
– $1 million dollars from the Library Bond
– about $1 million Capital plan grant form the state legislature
– a grant for the Skatepark project
She said this income must be offset vs.expected expenses to use the funds, in order to balance these revenues the city currently holds in the budget, even though the projects have not been approved.
Of course, not mentioned was the interest expense the city has been paying annually on the $1 million Community Center Bond, an annual “Library/Community Center GO Bond debt payment of $133,410 in 2013/$132,900 in 2014” or $66,000+ annually to keep the Community Center Bond in the bank until the voters approve expediting these funds. Read more on page 9.
Badger reported Mayor Harding previously stated (in the NVN) he will convene a group in early 2014 to investigate plans for moving ahead on Yelm City Park improvements and Community Center, after two ballot failures in 2013.
Interestingly, if this question had not been raised, the public would not know why over 2.5 million dollars in expenditures for a Community Center & Skatepark was in the budget, as the newspaper’s stories did not cover this aspect, until this question was presented to the Council.