Provo City will not donate public funds to the Veteran's Memorial Park at Camp Williams, officials said this week.
"Once we make a donation, it is almost impossible to turn down the next 50 requests," said City Council Chairman Ron Last.In past years the city made donations to groups that asked for city funds but ended that practice when it became too difficult to donate to every organization that made a request.
"As an individual I'd be glad to donate, but I don't think as a council we should go on the record," Councilwoman Anagene Cottrell said.
The City Council discussed the idea of donating to the memorial park at a Tuesday study session but took no formal vote on the matter because the decision not to donate is already part of city policy.
Cottrell said she understood that the Legislature gave the land to the veterans with the understanding that they would build the park with private donations. It was not intended that they go to cities and ask for additional public money, she said.
In an effort to raise more money from private sources, the veterans plan a fund-raising brunch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at the city's Eldred Center. All proceeds will go to the memorial park.
The veterans must still raise $170,000 for the $1.5 million park, which will serve as a monument to all branches of the service.