Drawing courtesy: City of Yelm
Yelm tax payers were outraged that the City of Yelm moved ahead on obtaining a public grant for constructing a Community Center, after two public votes rejected building such a center here. This was after the Yelm City Council tacked on $1 million additional for a community center to the $1 million Library bond (making a $2+ million library bond), without a public vote to do so.
And, one of the themes from business owners/managers at the Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) meeting last week was how “non-business friendly” Yelm is, especially from the high water/sewer bills.
Now, the public is even more outraged to learn from the newspaper that their water/sewer payments are partially funding the cost overruns for the community center:
By Steven Wyble in the Nisqually Valley News:
“The total project cost, including contingency, construction management, and other necessary costs such as furnishings, security, and insurance, is $2.3 million.
The majority of funding for the project $1.8 million comes from the citys municipal building fund, which includes the amount of a bond issued when the city purchased the library building, Badger said.”
“Additionally, $389,326 will come from the cumulative capital reserve fund; $12,000 from the park reserve fund; $11,780 from the water reserve fund, and $58,300 from the sewer reserve fund.”