Councilor questions use of funds

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By Jennifer Garcia

Los Alamos County budget hearings will continue Tuesday at 7 p.m. in council chambers as councilors did not get through all the agenda items during their Thursday meeting.

Though the majority of the county departments’ budgets were tentatively approved, council is yet to discuss and approve budgets for Public Works and Administrative Services.

A significant amount of time was taken up Thursday by discussion that focused on the maintenance and condition of the county’s tennis courts. Councilors discussed whether or not $47,000 should be appropriated for structural improvements and maintenance of the courts.

While councilors Nona Bowman and Vincent Chiravalle felt that the money should be added to the budget, Council Vice Chair Mike Wismer and councilors Robert Gibson, Sharon Stover and Ralph Phelps opposed the measure.

At one point during the meeting, Gibson asked Community Services Director Stephani Johnson what happened to the money in the maintenance budget and why she was asking for the $47,000.

“We already have a maintenance budget,” Gibson said, “If something hasn’t been maintained, I want to know why.”

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