Saying that the city has the will but not the money, the West Allis Common Council last night denied a donation request for $5,000 to $10,000 from the Aurora West Allis Medical Center. The hospital wants to use the money for its emergency department and for a family consultation room.
The hospital already gives the city some $750,000 in various types of payments and is an energetic supporter of city efforts such as the National Night Out and helps the health department in many ways, aldermen acknowledged.
But they said they could not justify the expenditure when they are trying to pinch every penny mainly because of cuts in state aid.
Only Alderwoman Rosalie Reinke voted to give the hospital $5,000 because it has been such a staunch supporter, she said.
Helping influence the council's decision was a pledge by the Community Improvement Foundation to give the hospital proceeds from the annual West Allis dinner dance next year.
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