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City fields $189K in budget requests
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According to city of McMinnville records, various organizations have submitted written requests asking for a total of $189,211 in funding for fiscal year 2012-13.
Topping the list is a request from Warren County Emergency Communication District (911) for $140,000, which is a $10,000 increase from last year.
Main Street McMinnville asked for $25,000, an additional $15,000 from what was given last year. If allowed, this would be the second year in a row for an increase. A last-minute decision by officials last year increased the city’s donation from $5,000 to $10,000. The organization received $50,000 prior to being cut four years ago.
In the request, Main Street McMinnville executive director Carla King expressed gratitude for last year’s increase.
“We appreciate the confidence you offered us last year by increasing our funding to $10,000 realizing the value of funding our organization and the monetary return, dollar for dollar, back to the city of McMinnville,” she said.
According to the paperwork submitted, the organization needs $69,352 for the year. Approximately $25,000 of its budget will go to pay salary and $16,500 to fund the Main Street Live summer concert series. The remaining $44,352 will be generated through various fundraisers and donations from the community.
Warren County Senior Center is requesting a $4,000 donation to help pay for “salaries and wages, telephone, utilities and audit” at the facility. Officials cut the funding to the Senior Center in the 2008-09 budget year. Prior to that, it received $4,000.
Citizens for Progress requested city officials consider making a donation to its scholarship fund. The city donated $7,000 five years ago, without funding the program since then.
Warren County Rescue Squad is asking for $6,000 to pay for insurance on vehicles and personnel, which is double the amount given last year, $3,000.
Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency has made a request of $4,221. Currently in the proposed budget is $2,721, which the city must give by state law in dues.
Heritage Alliance is asking the city split the cost of upkeep on the Civil War markers in Warren County. There are three, with two more in the process of being added.
“By funding these promotional markers, we can continue to diversify and grow the local economy with a minimal cost to local government,” said Heritage Alliance president Jimmy Haley.
Haley says Heritage Alliance has limited funds, while the cost of maintenance will be $6,000 — $3,000 from the city and $3,000 from the county.
At this time, no written requests have been received from Magness Library, Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Board or Sister Cities. All of those received donations last year.
Written requests will be accepted and considered until the budget is set with a second and final read before the board.