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Metro Family Ys cuts gain approval

A $200,000 deficit spurs reorganization, some staff elimination

Ongoing financial problems have prompted the board of the Metro Family YMCA to approve a reorganization plan to reduce a $200,000 deficit in next year's budget.

The plan will eliminate the equivalent of three full-time positions, according to Tammy Spencer, director of communications for the YMCA of the Columbia-Willamette, the parent organization of the landmark facility at 2831 S.W. Barbur Blvd.

Next year's total budget for the facility is a little more than $2.2 million, Spencer said.

According to Spencer, the reorganization was approved by the board Thursday. It is in response to financial problems created by such factors as increasing energy costs and enrollment declines prompted by the 2004 closure of the facility's pool.

Although the pool has since reopened and membership is once again increasing, Spencer said the facility has not yet offset the losses.

The biggest change is the merging of the administration, maintenance and membership services departments into a single new department. All 18 employees in the previous departments have been terminated but can reapply for the 13 positions - including part-time positions - in the new department.

One full-time position also is being eliminated from the Cardiac Therapy Program. A task force including both participants and staff members will be formed to increase fundraising efforts for the program.

Spencer said that despite the problems at the Metro Family Y, the YMCA of the Columbia-Willamette is financially healthy.

The organization has cut expenses in recent years by selling its Northeast center to another nonprofit organization and closing a swimming pool in Sandy it was operating with the Oregon Trail School District.

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