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City considers nonprofit, civic donations for upcoming year
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Nonprofit and civic organizations could share $318,800 in donations for fiscal year 2018-19.

That amount is currently under consideration by the city of McMinnville.

The Finance Committee has unanimously approved distributing those funds. However, the measure requires approval by the full Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

Several increases have been made.

Meals on Wheels requested $10,000 – double what was allocated last year.

“I’m wondering about this with all the funds they get from the Back to the Strip thing,” said Alderman Everett Brock. “For a while they told us they could get by without it.”

Alderman Ryle Chastain stated, “I wouldn’t care to meet them halfway.”

Committee members approved $7,500.

Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency requested $4,221. Of that, the city is required to pay $2,721 in dues.

“They’ve started a meal program,” said Alderman Kate Alsbrook in regard to the additional $1,500.
Committee members approved $3,000.

Warren County Emergency Food Bank requested $4,000. It received $2,500 last year. The additional funds were approved.

“I tend to think they could probably use the increase,” said Brock.

Sister Cities program, a student exchange effort with Mikawa, Japan, requested $10,000. Last year, the city provided $7,500.

“The years when they travel over there, it exceeds the amount,” said Chamber of Commerce president Mandy Eller, in explaining the need for additional funding. “It’s like we are always in arrears.”

Since 1993, students have alternately traveled to Japan or to McMinnville for a visit and experience with host families.

This year, students from Mikawa will come here.

Committee members approved $8,500.

Other approved increases: Families in Crisis $8,000 up from $7,500; Young Men United $4,500 up from $3,500; Kids of the Community $9,000 up from $8,500; Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council (WCTE-TV) $9,000 up from $6,000; and Caring Hearts United $7,000 up from $6,000.

Warren County Chamber of Commerce requested $99,700 for tourism, $5,500 in dues, and $10,000 for the Citizens for Progress Scholarship Fund. All were approved.

The tourism donation does not include the Tourism Development Board allocation because that board is not a nonprofit.

Books from Birth requested less financial assistance. Organizers asked for $8,500 – down from $10,000 given last year – and the committee approved it.

Donations remaining unchanged:

• Magness Library $58,000
• Main Street McMinnville $40,000
• Warren County Senior Center $27,000
• Rescue Squad $5,942
• UCD District Assessment $2,858

New to the city’s allocation is Upper Cumberland Reconnect Community which requested $800. The effort is an awareness program for Tennessee Reconnect, an education program aimed at helping adults earn a postsecondary degree or credential.

The request was approved.