Delta Group Pushing For Sports Complex Runs Into Funding Glitch

A Delta task force hoping to build a new youth sports complex hits a bump in the road Tuesday night when they discover a mis–calculation on the total cost of the project. Although the calculations were off, the group still hopes to bring this project to life.

Members of the Youth Sports Complex Task Force found out their
calculations were wrong. The giant complex will cost a little more than $2 million dollars, as opposed to the original estimate of $1.6 million dollars. This means that the task force must find the extra $500,000 to fund the project.

Roughly 92% of the project cost is already budgeted through
grants and special programs. Tuesday, task force asked for a 30–day extension, since they just found out today the budget calculations were wrong.

The city council granted them an extra 30 days. However, some members of the city council say that even if the group is able to come up with the funding, they still won't be able to afford to manage and operate the complex.

More than 100 people came out for the meeting to both support
and oppose the project. The concept has four phases which will total six baseball fields and three soccer fields, with the possible addition of walking trails.

Now the task force has 30 days to talk to contractors about lowering the price or finding a cheaper site. They are looking into using the Cottonwood Golf Course site. Another possibility is the use of Confluence Park, either way, both the city and task force agree there is a need for more fields.

Approximately 90% of the project will be funded from outside sources, such as a COGO grant. The task force needs to find funding, which is more than $500,000.
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