McMinnville officials will soon begin the process of reviewing the proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15, including donation requests from nonprofit organizations.
During Tuesday night’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, each board member was presented a copy of the proposed budget that included the requests. The distribution signaled the beginning of budget discussions in each committee, followed by Finance Committee review and full board consideration.
Last year, the city gave $304,431 to nonprofit organizations. This year’s requests total $330,578, an increase of $26,147 over what was given last year.
The Industrial Development Board is requesting $125,000, up from $20,000 given last year.
In the request letter, IDB director Don Alexander says the increase would make the board’s future budgets easier to manage.
“Possibly unlike other requests, our industrial board feels this is an investment to cause future budgets to be easier to manage, because we wish to use these allocations to further the growth and prosperity of our city,” said Alexander.
IDB received an additional $100,000 from the city last year to purchase a building within the city limits. However, that amount was a one-time donation.
Other organizations asking for more than what was received last year are: Chamber of Commerce/ tourism from $40,000 to $50,000, Sister Cities from $5,000 to $10,000, Main Street McMinnville from $35,000 to $40,000, Business Roundtable Action Committee from $7,000 to $10,000, Warren County Senior Center from $10,000 to $15,000, and Heritage Alliance from $300 to $500.
Officials will be considering three new requests this year:
• Warren County Home Delivery Meals, also known as Meals on Wheels, is asking for $5,000 to purchase food.
• Paul’s Clinic, a clinic that offers low-cost spay/ neuter for cats and dogs to low-income individuals, is asking for $5,000. According to Paul’s Clinic president Villa Mitchell, the funds will allow the clinic to receive an additional $5,000 grant.
“If you award the $5,000 we requested, we can get $5,000 from Two Mauds and fix at least 225 dogs for low-income individuals who reside within the city limits,” Mitchell said. “Without support from the city officials, Two Mauds will not consider us for this grant.”
• While no specific amount was requested, Healing Waters Fly Fishing Project is asking for donation consideration. The organization is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to healing injured and disabled active duty military and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.
“Your donation would help veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury lean new skills which help them cope with loss of concentration, patience, memory and the frustration that goes along with issues, along with the challenges of physical and clinical surroundings,” said Tommy Hogan. “Our veterans find the peaceful environment of fly fishing helps them relax and recover.”
Magness Library is not asking officials for additional funding this year. Last year, it was given an annual donation of $48,000 and a one-time donation of $17,000 to update computers. This year, the request is $48,000.
Families in Crisis is also asking officials to consider giving the same funding as last year, that being $5,000.
Warren County Rescue Squad is asking for slightly less than it received last year. Officials gave the organization $6,053 last year, which was enough to pay its insurance. The request is for $6,000, $103 less than what will be needed to cover insurance.
Three donations the city is required to make will remain the same: Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency dues of $2,721, Upper Cumberland Development District assessment of $2,857, and Chamber of Commerce dues of $5,500.
Requests are considered with the proposed budget and must be approved by the full board.