• Town Council Nixes Property Tax Hike for Recreation

    by Jennifer Berry Hawes; September 2014

    The recreation increase would have paid for major recreation projects in a town booming with heavy recreation users, namely families and retirees.

  • Parks' $4M Water Bill Causing Budget Woes

    by Monica Mendoza September 2014

    For years, the city administration has asked for a discounted water rate from Colorado Springs Utilities. For years Utilities had said no.

  • Audit Questions Parks Dept's No-Bid Contract Approvals

    by NORBERTO SANTANA JR., VOICE OF OC September 2014

    Internal auditors say they have substantiated allegations that Orange County executives granted no-bid contracts to a friend of a county Parks Department official - dividing the contracts to avoid scrutiny from the Board of Supervisors.

  • Opinion: NFL Sacks Taxpayers with Stadium Subsidies

    by Drew Johnson, The Washington Times September 2014

    The start of a new professional football season Thursday night provided a stark reminder that taxpayers have contributed heavily to the success of the National Football League, with billions in subsidies for new stadiums and even more construction projects on the horizon.

  • Town Council Split Over Tax Hike for Recreation

    by Jennifer Berry Hawes; September 2014

    Just days after residents packed a public input meeting to support large future recreation hubs, Town Council committees on Tuesday debated last-minute plans to raise property taxes to fund major recreation projects.

  • Woman Guilty of Robbing YMCA's Emergency Cash Fund

    by Joe Macenka August 2014

    A woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbing an employee of the Northside Family YMCA and forcing her to take money from the business's emergency cash box. Ashley D. Coles, 31, entered her plea to a single count of robbery in an appearance before Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley B. Cavedo, who scheduled sentencing for Oct. 29.

  • Source: Cubs Cut Grounds Crew Hours to Skirt Benefits

    by Gordon Wittenmyer, Staff Reporter August 2014

    Thanks a lot, Obama. Add the Affordable Care Act - specifically, the Cubs' response to it - to the causes behind the tarp fiasco Tuesday and the rare ­successful protest by the San Francisco Giants.

  • Taxpayer Dollars to Help Support YMCA Pool's Operation

    by Zac Anderson August 2014

    The Sarasota Family YMCA will receive ongoing support from county taxpayers to operate a swimming pool that has become an emerging sports tourism attraction. Sarasota County commissioners agreed to budget up to $50,000 next year and $200,000 annually through 2024 to help operate the Selby Aquatic Center, which has been running a $303,306 deficit.

  • Crown-Removal Could Boost WVU Turf Project to $3.5M

    by Mike Casazza August 2014

    The 2014 season will be the last season for the artificial turf at Mountaineer Field. West Virginia has one last chance to add to the legacy of a surface that's so far seen a 36-11 record, three Big East champions, one perfect home record, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma, Brian Kelly, Gene Chizik, Pat White, Bruce Irvin, Tavon Austin, 70-63, 66-21 and 13-9. The turf's shelf life is eight to 10 years and the athletic department is prepared to spend somewhere between $1.8 million and $3.5 million on a replacement, the low end for installing just new turf, the high end for first removing the crown beneath the field and putting down the new green stuff. Considering how rare crowns are and how much coaches don't like them, WVU is preparing for the high end.

  • Ohio Boys' Basketball Tournament Netted $917K Profit

    by Marc Pendleton August 2014

    Ohio high schools are No. 3, and that's a good thing. With 821 schools in the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Buckeye state trails only California and Texas for most member schools among respective state high school associations.