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Nonprofits may benefit from city's generosity
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McMinnville officials are considering a significant increase to local nonprofits for the upcoming fiscal year. A total of $313,479 which is $62,400 more than what was given last year.
The city Finance Committee with member Everett Brock, chair, Mike Neal and Ben Newman met Monday to continue discussing donations to local nonprofits for fiscal year 2016-17.
“What we give went up significantly from last year, but I think we did well,” said Brock. 
Receiving the largest increases were Warren County Chamber of Commerce and Magness Library. The Chamber requested and received $81,600, an increase of 31,600 from the year prior. The library requested and received $58,000, an increase of $10,000 in its MOE from the year prior. The library also requested a one-time donation of $26,720, but officials approved $15,300.
Rounding out the other donations:
• Warren County Rescue Squad $6,000
• UCHRA dues $2,721
• Upper Cumberland Development District $2,858
• Chamber dues $5,500
• Industrial Development Board $40,000
• Meals on Wheels $2,000
• Food Bank $3,000
• Sister Cities $7,000, a $2,000 increase from last year’s donation
• Main Street McMinnville $40,000
• BRAC $8,000
• Heritage Alliance $1,000
• Senior Center $25,000
• Families in Crisis $5,000
• Caring Hearts United $1,000
• Young Men United $3,000
• Kids of the Community $4,000, a $2,000 increase from last year’s donation
• Books from Birth $2,500, a $1,500 increase from last year’s donation
The measure passed 2-1 with Brock and Newman voting in favor of the suggested donations and Neal voting against it. However, getting the final say will be the Board of Mayor and Aldermen when the consolidated budget for fiscal year 2016-17, including nonprofit donations, is considered.