Outside agencies wait on council to decide funding

Published 11:22 pm Saturday, April 18, 2015

Although City Manager Brian Alligood’s proposed budget for the upcoming 2015-2016 fiscal year allocates the same funding amounts to outside agencies as the current budget appropriates, look for those allocations to likely change as the City Council works on the proposed budget in coming weeks.

Alligood’s proposed allocations for the outside agencies are just placeholders in the proposed budget. Those allocations total $105,550, according to the proposed budget presented to the council Monday night.

Earlier this year, the council decided it will discuss and make those funding decision during its upcoming budget work sessions. The council also is considering doing away with direct contributions of money to the outside agencies and replace that current practice with another option: possibly using money from utilities funds or taking money from the general fund and applying those funds (probably on a monthly basis) toward the agencies’ utility bills.

In October 2014, the council decided outside agencies would have to make their cases for city funding.

The council has made it clear to the outside agencies that they will be starting from “zero” when it comes to being assured of receiving city dollars.

Outside agencies, such as the Zion Shelter, that meet certain needs not met or partially met by other entities would stand a better chance of receiving city money than agencies that don’t meet those needs or duplicate services provided by other entities, according to some council members.

Alligood’s proposed budget calls for providing funds to the following agencies: North Carolina Estuarium, $20,000; Purpose of God Annex, $20,000; Beaufort County Boys & Girls Club, $16,000; Beaufort County Arts Council, $13,000; Cornerstone Worship Center, $10,000; Zion Shelter, $8,500; Beaufort-Hyde-Martin Regional Library, $7,800; Wright Flight, $3,500; Beaufort County Arts Councils HeART of the City concerts, $3,000; Washington Christmas parade (Washington Kiwanis), $1,500; The Blind Center, $1,250; Eagle’s Wings, $1,000.

Copies of the proposed budget may be viewed at Brown Library and at the city clerk’s office at the Municipal Building (City Hall).


About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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