MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison city leaders are debating pulling away funding from the Hogan Family YMCA.
According to our news partners The Huntsville Times/Al.com, the topic came up in Monday’s City Council meeting when some members of the council suggested the city is unfairly subsidizing the YMCA.
The debate is over more than $25,000, the amount appropriated to the Hogan Family YMCA. If taken away, the non-profit claims it could jeopardize the amount of free or reduced-cost services the YMCA offers to the community.
The YMCA competes against other health centers, and some council members argued giving it $25,000 is an unfair way to allocate tax money.
Madison Mayor Troy Trulock wants to keep that funding in place. He says the YMCA brings in some 30,000 residents per month and goes beyond just providing a place to exercise.
The council that was in office in 2008 pledged $1 million to the Hogan YMCA, by giving $100,000 annually for 10 years. The council cut the appropriation to $50,000 last year before cutting in half again Monday night.
The council voted 5-2 to approve the funding cut. Councilman Mike Potter councilman said it was better to “wean” the YMCA off its allocation in increments, The Huntsville Times/Al.com reported.