Community center gets more time; Transit routes and prices to change

MONROE, La. - A Monroe Community Center gets to keep it's doors open... at least for now.

The B.J. Washington Boxing and Fitness Center was slated to be closed this fall after city officials found it was costing the city more than $100,000 to operate while only making about $1,100 per year. 

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo says after residents spoke out in support of the center they reached a compromise.

"We are extending the time, we will see what happens, we do feel there are some opportunities for some revenue enhancements and we are making some cuts as well," says Mayor Mayo.

The city has also decided not to make drastic cuts to the city's transit system.

They will eliminate some bus routes, combine some routes and increase the cost to ride.

These changes will save the city more than a $1.5 million this fiscal year.

The city is facing a multi-million dollar deficit.

 

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