Craig Editorial Board, January 2009 to April 2009
- Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
- Jennifer L. Grubbs, newspaper representative
- Collin Smith, newspaper representative
- Marianna Raftopoulos, community representative
- Luke Schafer, community representative
- John Smith, community representative
- Lois Wymore, community representative
Craig On Tuesday night, the Craig City Council will attempt to resolve a funding question that arose from the Moffat County School District regarding the possible expansion of a gymnasium project.
The School District's original asking price was $150,000.
However, after alterations to the project - some of which the city requested - and a funding miscalculation, the price has more than doubled and now stands at $365,000.
Whereas once the Editorial Board originally liked the gymnasium idea, its opinion, like the monetary request itself, has changed.
The board still believes that funding the project is worthwhile.
An expanded gymnasium facility would be a benefit to the community, allow for additional space for community use, and perhaps quiet an ongoing and at-times contentious debate regarding a potential community recreational facility.
But, the inconsistency in the school district's numbers - the funding request has gone from $150,000 to $200,000, $250,000 and, finally, $365,000 - is enough to give the board, and likely city officials, reason to have little trust that this last number will hold accurate.
Therefore, the Editorial Board feels the city's best course of action is funding the proposal at its original $150,000 cost and asking school officials to search for other funding partners.
True, it's not an ideal solution.
The school district finds itself $215,000 short of adding another full gymnasium to the Craig Middle School campus and providing the community with another much-needed recreational facility.
But, it's one the school district's calculation errors have made necessary.
The project was a deal at $150,000 and maybe even the $250,000 mark. At the current figure, however, it begins getting into an area where it could seriously deplete the city's $651,000 reserve.
That's a proposition that, during this roller coaster economic time, could prove unwise should the economy worsen and the city finds itself needing that money for other things, like providing public services.
To the school district's credit, officials have looked for other funding sources. Requests to Colorado Northwestern Community College, Moffat County and the Department of Local Affairs were rejected, district officials said.
This raises another point, which is the questionable decision by the county to not fund the project at all. Had the county contributed, perhaps the city wouldn't be asked for such a hefty portion to complete the project.
That being said, the school district pinning all hope and responsibility on the city isn't fair or equitable.
The dollar amount needed, or at least the most recent figure, is unreasonable, the Editorial Board believes, for just one contributor.