The City of Harrisonburg is taking action to get some money back from the Boys and Girls Club.
The club set a goal to raise $1.5 million for renovations to the Lucy Simms Building, but it was able to raise only $33,000. That left the city to foot the rest of the bill.
In Tuesday night's city council meeting, members took action on the issue, even though it wasn't scheduled on their agenda. City council members moved to approve to forgo $750,000 of the Boys and Girls Club debt. Also, starting in the next fiscal year, the city will reduce their annual appropriation funding given to the Boys and Girls Club by $50,000 a year.
That reduction will stay in place until the remaining $750,000 is paid in full, which could take a maximum of 15 years unless the club has some success in raising funds.
"It's the mission of the Boys and Girls Club to move forward and provide an opportunity for these children as opposed to not having an alternative. On the other hand, I've also received a lot of input, asking that the city council insist on accountability," says Vice Mayor George Pace.
The city did have the option to sue the club, but if that was done, they say the organization would have to shut down, and they didn't want to see that happen.