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City Council votes to remove funding for Roberts Park

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The Evansville City Council voted on funding for Roberts Park at their Monday night meeting. 

In a vote of seven to two, council members voted to remove the money set aside to start Roberts Park out of the city budget.

$1.5 million had been set a side for infrastructure for the park, but that money has now been put into the riverboat fund.

Council members say that doesn't mean the money won't be available for Roberts Park in the future. Many council members say they want to see a solid master plan for the park before voting on funding it.

The mayor's office says that plan should be available in about two weeks. 

Council members say if they do, in the future, decide to fund Roberts Park, they could then take that money out of the riverboat fund and put it back into the budget to begin construction at Roberts Park.

Many of the council members say they are concerned with maintaining the park. They say they haven't seen a plan that addresses that. They say once they see a real plan, they can then approve real dollars.

Council members Jonathon Weaver and Missy Mosby voted against cutting the money.

The park has been a top priority for Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, and when it comes to Roberts Park, he says his administration will not quit. They say they hope to announce a final plans in just a few weeks.

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