Watts: lack of RAPZ tax funding accelerating demise of Willow Park Zoo

What to do about the Willow Park Zoo is a real dilemma according to Logan Mayor Randy Watts. The mayor says the zoo is struggling financially with approximately $300,000 a year needed to keep the zoo opened. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, Watts said part of the funding comes from RAPZ tax money and recommendations on where that money goes were released on Tuesday.

The request was for $135,000 but just $112,000 was awarded.

“Because it was not 135 it was 112, we’re about $23,000 less than even where the shortfall was before,” Watts said. “So it accelerates the demise of where the zoo is going financially.”

Watts said municipal council chairman Dean Quayle has organized a committee to study the problems at the zoo and to come up with a proposal for its future. The mayor gets calls that range from strongly urging the zoo to stay open to those urging the mayor to let it close because mostly it only has birds.

He does, however, want to set the record straight. Only the zoo is being considered for closure, not Willow Park itself.

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