Amherst considers YMCA plight

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST Amherst is well aware of the financial problems faced by the Cumberland YMCA but is not yet ready to say whether its prepared to pour more money into the cash-strapped organization.

Were aware of the situation there and have had preliminary discussions with them, but its much too early to say what the towns going to do, town manager Greg Herrett said.

YMCA officials recently went public about the organizations financial situation saying they are taking drastic measures to deal with a $200,000 debt and keep the community centre operating.

The YMCA board has been taking steps since last October to deal with the debt and the centre was visited by a regional review team earlier this week to discuss changes that can be made to bring finances under control and operate the facility in a profitable manner.

Herrett said YMCA officials have discussed their situation with the town but added the discussions to date have been on an in camera basis.

The town already provides about $60,000 to the YMCA annually in direct programs and in-kind services such as snow and garbage removal.

Organizations: YMCA, YMCA board

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