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Convinced the Lincoln Center in Brigham City will benefit the whole county, the Box Elder County Commission recently agreed to contribute $17,000 toward an estimated $105,248 "bare-bones" operating budget for the facility in the recently vacated Lincoln School.

The amount includes $9,000 for natural gas, $4,000 for liability insurance and $4,000 for capital improvements.The Box Elder School District has already leased the building to the Lincoln Center Association for two years at $1 per year and will provide a full-time custodian at $35,000 per year. Brigham City recently contributed $44,000 to the Center in the form of electricity, sewer, garbage collection and a coordinator.

The Lincoln Center will house a variety of volunteer organizations that have come about in response to local needs, such as the Community Pro Youth Organization, Box Elder Youth Sports Club, Acts VI Soup Kitchen, Community Pantry, Red Cross, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Golden Spike Humane Society, The Clubhouse, 4-H, Lions Club, United Way, Golden Spike Depot, Habitat for Humanity and Girl Scouts.

Association chairman Chris Udy, vice-chairman Lee Shaw and Lincoln Neighborhood representative Sheri Auger emphasized the potential benefits of the youth programs involved and the county-wide involvement of residents in the various organizations in soliciting the county's partnership.

"This Is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Udy told commissioners.

"I don't see how we could not support it, said Commissioner Allen Jensen.

Commissioners also pointed out that the county can and will help the association in seeking grant money from foundations and governments.