Residents in favor of a Craig recreation center sent a clear message Wednesday night.
Although they will temporarily hold off on asking for tax dollars to fund the facility, they are still committed to making sure it gets built.
"The rec center will benefit the community," said Tony St. John, who sits on the steering committee.
At the Community Recreation Center Steering Committee's regular meeting Wednesday night, residents discussed what they could do to keep the project moving forward while waiting for more favorable economic conditions.
Finding funding sources other than tax dollars was one suggestion.
"I think it's really crucial that we do go out there and try to get some corporate backing, because that's going to show the community that we don't want to strictly depend on tax revenue," said Erin Miller, who is part of the steering committee.
Finding funds from the Department of Local Affairs was another suggestion.
Patty Hebert, 41, supported recommendations to hand out flyers about the center to get potential voters interested in the project.
Recent plans called for a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund a new recreation center.
However, asking residents who may already be feeling the impacts of a credit crisis didn't seem like a good idea to Dave Pike, Craig Parks and Recreation director.
"If we were on the ballot right now in November, it would be a joke," he said. "And nobody knows what it's going to be like in April."
Pike added that, at this point, he didn't know when the committee should put a tax increase before local voters.
Still, he said, "I'm not suggesting that we quit."