Waste of taxpayer dollars? $1,300 used to turn Yakima crimson and gray

Waste of taxpayer dollars? $1,300 used to turn Yakima crimson and gray
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima's temporary label as Cougarville has some of you growling over your taxpayer money spent to make it happen.

KIMA received your email calling the downtown transformation a waste.

Crimson and gray stripes line Yakima Avenue after Cougs fans won the Rotary Club's U-Rule Yakima charity competition over the University of Washington Huskies.

KIMA learned the city spent $1,300 on paint and labor. Yakima City Manager Tony O'Rourke defends the expense saying it starts a fun tradition that will grow over time.

"We need to have fun. l mean it's not all about putting money out for the roads, or for the jail's or whatever. Let's have a little fun with our money too if we're going to spend it," said taxpayer Bruce Rogers.

The Rotary Club says it spent almost double the money actually raised for charity but still thinks it's a good event for the city.