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December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Park Bridge Project May Help Balance Budget
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: A second major Durango recreation project appears doomed for next year as city councilors work to balance the 2008 budget.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: The budget faces a shortfall of more than half a million dollars in revenue.
Part of that is from falling sales tax revenues.
And opposition to a plan to cap the fee businesses keep for collecting sales taxes, will cost another 220-thousand dollars the city hoped to collect.
Part of the shortfall will be made up by delaying the hiring of four new employees included in the budget.
During an hour long budget discussion yesterday afternoon, a majority of councilors also voiced approval of a plan to further balance the budget by dropping funding to start construction of a pedestrian/bike bridge over Goeglein Gulch road next year.
That would save 350-thousand dollars, but could also cost a 300-thousand dollar state grant already awarded for the project.
Several councilors say there's public opposition to the bridge project and efforts should first be made to improve pedestrian safety in more populated areas, such as along Camino Del Rio.
Mayor Doug Lyon defended the bridge project saying it was like the middle of an asterisk, linking numerous bike and pedestrian trails on the college mesa.
If council approves those changes and the budget Tuesday it would be the second major parks project effectively shot down this fall.
In August, council voted against applying for a 750-thousand dollar grant to fund the start of construction of a regional park at Three Springs.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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