When the Payette County Museum opened its doors 15 years ago, it began with $100,000 in the bank and a steady stream of money from the county and the city of Payette to help with its operations. But now, museum officials say their coffers have dwindled to $16,000 and face the real possibility of shutting their doors.
The Independent-Enterprise reports that museum officials insist that the $8,000 that they receive each year isn't enough to fund the operations, adding that it costs approximately $30,000 each year to keep the doors open.
According to the Independent-Enterprise, the museum director says if the museum closes, the artifacts and even the building itself—a century-old building on Payette's South 9th Street—will become the property of the state of Idaho.
Meanwhile, Payette County commissioners say they're considering proposed 2015 spending plans from all of their departments, including the museum.