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Changes result in $3.5M cash balance
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McMinnville officials made last-minute changes to the proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-18 which could result in the Warren County Chamber of Commerce receiving $75,000 and the city receiving a grant writer.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen met Tuesday night to receive its first look at the budget and changes were made.
On July 25, Chamber president Mandy Eller made a presentation to city officials about the city’s proposed Tourism Development Board. She requested a $75,000 administrative fee for the extra duties in providing services to plan, direct, and coordinate tourism-related endeavors.
“I would like for the city to consider paying us an administration fee that would cover our cost,” said Eller. “It would pay us for the work we would do.”
Vice Mayor Ben Newman motioned to include $75,000. However, those funds will only be allocated if the city decides to leave the Tourism Board under the Chamber’s management.
“I don’t know which way is better, as we are sitting here right now, but I would like to see something in the budget,” said Newman.
His motion passed 6-1. Alderman Mike Neal voted against it.
Alderman Everett Brock made a motion to include $50,000 for a grant writer. Hiring a grant writer has been an ongoing discussion.
“For several years, we’ve been talking about a grant writer but we’ve never really moved forward with it,” said Mayor Jimmy Haley in April. “We’ve used Upper Cumberland Development on several grants, successful grants, and when I was at the Rural Development Conference in Nashville a week or so ago, they discussed the importance of grant writing and how many grants are actually out there.”
A grant writer would seek opportunities for funding that would help with departmental projects and future expansion, such as the indoor pool. Most of the city’s departments have individuals who are skilled at applying for smaller grants. This individual would be expected to seek larger grants.
The motion passed unanimously.
Alderman Steve Harvey made a motion to include $15,000 for a Three Star Strategic Plan. Warren County is a Three Star Community. As part of that distinction, a plan is required. Those funds will be reimbursed, if a grant is obtained.
The motion passed unanimously.
Officials unanimously voted to accept the amended budget for fiscal year 2017-18. With those changes, the projected cash balance on June 30, 2018 will be in excess of $3.5 million.