Land request left in limbo

It’s not known if taxpayers will make dreams come true for local gymnasts

It’s not known if taxpayers will make dreams come true for local gymnasts.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee is not making a commitment yet on whether it will provide the North Valley Gymnastics Society with land for a 12,000-square-foot building and guarantee the mortgage.

“We don’t have a clear process for specific groups and their requests,” said Juliette Cunningham, GVAC chairperson.

“There is no clear process on who to support and the needs in the community.”

The gym club has stated it will cover the down payment, debt servicing, equipment and management of the building.

However, director Jim Garlick says there is some concern about GVSC guaranteeing a loan.

“In reality, we are exposed,” he said.

A similar concern also came from director Gyula Kiss.

“There is always a big risk. You never know how usage will happen,” he said of a potential decrease in registrations impacting the club’s bottom line.

Director Mike Macnabb says GVAC must be equitable when providing support.

“There are other gymnastic groups. Do we allow tax dollars to go into this group and not other groups?” he said.

“We have to be careful not to borrow on behalf of a group. We have some core services and that’s traditionally what we do.”

Cunningham came to the NVGS’s defense.

“We provide facilities for hockey and we set a different standard for other groups,” she said.

“There are lots of participants in this activity and they are trying to come up with a solution for their problem, which is they don’t have the capacity.”