Utility line work delayed

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The City Council is postponing putting utility lines in the downtown area underground, in hopes of funding more pressing capital improvement projects.

The city had agreed to spend $941,958 in 2004 on the first phase of the project that would put telephone lines and other utilities under ground.

But council members questioned the need of the project in a tight budget year and said they would be happy to put it off for two more years.

The council saw more pressing needs in improving the base of the ski area, repairing the Tennis Center and making improvements to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport terminal.

Councilman Bud Romberg said residents of Breckenridge were at first skeptical of spending money to put its utilities underground, but when the first phase was done, the general consensus was the project couldn't be done fast enough.

The council did table funding for the Tennis Center and the proposed $3.5 million golf clubhouse. The council said it wanted to continue talks of partnering with Ski Corp. and other community organizations before deciding how to fund upgrades to the Tennis Center in the next five years.

The council also wanted more information on the plans and funding proposals for building a clubhouse at Haymaker Golf Course.

At Tuesday's budget hearing, the council was looking at two sets of capital improvement projects: those scheduled for 2004 under current revenue projections and those that would be completed if the property tax passes in November.

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