Residents and city officials are at odds over a proposed parkway that one citizens group describes as fiscally irresponsible.

At issue is the Burch Creek Parkway, which was to be funded through the collection of impact fees in the area.But opponents say that source of funding won't bring in enough money, and they anticipate the city will have to raise taxes to pay for the park.

South Ogden's general fund already is strapped by growing demands, including a pending redevelopment bond that could tie up a major portion of the city's budget for years.

But Burch Creek Parkway Chairman Stewart Radmall said that's no reason to abandon the project.

"That (city money) isn't the only source to the solution of financing," Radmall said. "There are volunteers all over the place that will put in their time and labor.

"The parkway doesn't have to be built in a day. We can do it gradually," he added. "But every time we turn around, somebody is trying to block us."

The latest obstruction is a report by an accounting firm hired by the South Ogden Citizens For Responsible Government, an ad hoc committee that opposes the parkway.

Dan James said his firm spent weeks researching the city's minutes, financial records and other documents before sending off a lengthy letter to the City Council raising a number of legal and fiscal questions about the Burch Creek-development project.

"We're talking possibly as much as a million dollars to complete the project," James said. "The remaining impact fees that can be collected will not be enough."

Mayor George Goodell has acknowledged that it will be hard for the city to come up with the money from its $2 million-plus general fund.

At one time, Goodell said the city pays out salaries, benefits, employee insurance and other fixed expenditures related to personnel, the city only has about $600,000 left to cover its operating expenses.

City officials have been reluctant to comment on the parkway issue recently, partially because of an ongoing investigation by the Weber County attorney's office into allegations that signatures on the impact-fee ordinance were forged.

At a City Council meeting last month, members voted to halt construction on the parkway until problems surrounding it are resolved, but they will proceed with plans to complete the park.