Council keeps $34.7 million budget for community center rebuild

Los Altos City Council members last night agreed to stick with a $34.7 million budget for rebuilding the Hillview Community Center.

In a split, 3-2 vote, the council went against a city staff recommendation of $30 million for the project. In a 10-year financial forecast, staff predicted that the city would have to take on debt if the budget stayed at $34.7 million.

Mayor Jean Mordo, and councilmembers Jan Pepper and Mary Prochnow voted in favor of the $34.7 million budget, while councilmember Jeannie Bruins and Vice Mayor Lynette Lee Eng voted against.

Citing healthy city revenues, the council had agreed during a September study session to increase the project budget from its initial $25 million figure to nearly $10 million more. Staff cautioned in November that the increased budget may be too much after a review of budget projections.

The conceptual project design, including a 24,500-square-foot facility, was approved Nov. 30 by an 11-member Hillview Community Center project task force. It has a projected price tag of $36.9 million.

For more on the story, see the Town Crier’s Jan. 17 print edition.

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