Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fundings Cut For O’Keefe Ranch

Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 KISS FM Pete McIntyre July 18, 2017 06:41 am
Vernon council has decided how it will implement a funding cut to the O’ Keefe Ranch. The City’s funding for the heritage site will go from 150-thousand dollars  to 100 thousand next year. Ranch Manager Glen Taylor says they will have to look deep into the operation. “It will be a major deal because we are so dependent on that funding. But we are going to have to come up with some other funding alternatives and other funding sources.” The ranch will get the funds in three instalments, starting with 50-thousand dollars in January. That’s going to make it tough for the ranch, “We need the money at the beginning of the season, not in August and even not in May because even this year we found that we needed more money before opened up because once we get operational we can kind of sustain ourselves.” The city will also provide 40-thousand dollars to allow the ranch to complete a business plan. ” That’s a great thing and hopefully that will give us some direction on moving forward and hopefully being sustainable in the future.”The ranch is celebrating its 150th birthday this year.

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