Critics who oppose the city contributing $17.5 million to a proposed YMCA centre in Abbotsford are showing some measure of stamina.
Abbotsford city council approved the funds in principle for the project with the non-profit organization early in December despite some strong criticism from residents and a number of councillors.
One resident opposed to the project, Fred Thiessen, was scheduled to appear before council Monday to raise his objections.
The city, already struggling with low capital reserves, does not have the funds to take on the project, Thiessen said in an e-mail.
Other concerns include the lack of a budget or business and construction plans for the project, he said.
As well, the city won't own the building or collect property taxes or revenue from the project, which will compete unfairly with private businesses, he added, noting the plan may also violate the Community Charter.
The YMCA plan involves a community centre including a pool, sports gym, and fitness area along with recreational and social programming built on Fraser Health land at the old MSA Hospital site.
Abbotsford's contribution would be 10 per cent of the total project, or a maximum of $17.5 million, equal to half the capital costs to build the facility, according to the city.
However, 100 per cent of the operating costs fall to the YMCA, which would save the city more than $47.5 million over a 40-year period.
Staff is reviewing the project and the city's ownership options while the YMCA is working on setting up a community consultation process in the near future, according to a Jan. 11 staff report.
The YMCA guarantees the city's dollar commitment will not rise, stated the report.
Both Fraser Health and Abbotsford city staff have stated it is far too early to have detailed business and construction plans available, as the proposed project is in its initial stages.