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City to consider donation requests
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Zach Sutton

McMinnville officials will be hashing out donations for fiscal year 2021-22 on Wednesday, May 26 at 3:45 p.m. 

The city Finance Committee will meet at City Hall to consider $451,536 in requested donations for upcoming fiscal year 2021-22. Total allocation for 2020-21 was $404,934. 

Asking for a boost:

• Warren County Rescue Squad, from $6,055 to $6,294;

• Magness Library, from $58,000 to $72,000;

• Chamber of Commerce, from $108,700 to $112,200;

• Meals on Wheels, from $10,000 to $14,000;

• Caring Hearts United, from $7,900 to $10,050;

• Young Men United, from $9,000 to $10,000;

• Kids of the Community, from $9,000 to $10,000;

• Black History Museum, $10,200 to $17,873;

• Homeless of McMinnville Effort, from $5,000 to $10,040;

• Tourism Development Board, from $54,000 to $60,000.

Magness Library’s donation is a one-time allocation of $14,000 to purchase new computers. However, in a presentation to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, director Brad Walker also asked officials to consider increasing its maintenance of effort of $58,000. Those monies would be used to provide raises to library staff. 

While the donation to Tourism Development Board is included on the allocation list, those monies stem from a hospitality tax collected by the city from hotels and motels. It is estimated that $60,000 will be collected during fiscal year 2021-22 compared to last year’s $54,000.

Two nonprofits requested less this year than they were provided last year. Warren County Emergency Food Bank asked for $2,000 – down from $3,000 – and Warren County Books from Birth asked for $7,000 – down from $10,000. 

Attempting to step onto the city’s annual allocation list is Warren County Habitat for Humanity. Its bid is for $10,000.

When Finance Committee members met last week for initial consideration of proposed departmental budgets, Alderman Everett Brock expresses surprise at one request.

“I’m a little shocked to see that HOME is requesting additional funds this year. More than double last year’s request, from $5,000 to $10,040,” said Brock. 

Alderman Zach Sutton replied, “They’re providing a service the city cannot.”

“Yes, but we just approved giving them land valued at $40,000 or $50,000,” said Brock.

No donation requests were received from The Biz Foundry and Sister Sisters, a total of $13,500. The Sister Cities program was canceled for 2021. It is unknown why The Biz Foundry failed to submit a request.