Outside agencies, development groups seek funds from city

Published 3:19 pm Thursday, February 9, 2017

Outside agencies and economic-development groups that receive money from the City of Washington are seeking nearly $10,000 more for fiscal year 2017-2018 than they received in the current fiscal year.

Together they were allocated $144,712 for this fiscal year, and they request $154,440 for the upcoming fiscal year.

The outside agencies — Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort County, Zion Shelter, Wright Flight, The Blind Center, Eagle’s Wings, Purpose of God Outreach Center, Cornerstone Community Learning Center and Beaufort-Hyde-Martin Regional Library — are seeking a combined $61,630 for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. In the current budget, which ends June 30, they receive a combined $57,367 from the city. A city document shows the American Red Cross was added to the list of outside agencies that might get money from the city. The Red Cross received no money from the city for the current fiscal year, and it did not request city funds for the next fiscal year, according to City Manager Bobby Roberson.

The economic-development groups — Washington Harbor District Alliance, Highway 17 Association, North Carolina Estuarium, Arts of the Pamlico and the Washington Kiwanis Christmas parade — are seeking a combined $92,810 for fiscal year 2017-2018. The current budget allocates a combined $87,345 to them.

The outside agencies and economic-development groups are seeking a 6.7-percent increase in their combined funding from the current fiscal year to the next fiscal year. The outside agencies together want a 7.4-percent increase in their funding for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Last year during work on the current budget, the City Council reduced funding for the outside agencies by 10 percent, except for the Zion Shelter. For several years, the council has worked toward reducing the amount of money the agencies receive from the city.

Roberson said the sooner the City Council makes a decision regarding funding for the agencies, the sooner they will know how that decision would affect their budgets. “I think that’s only fair for them so they can address any budget issues they might face,” he said.


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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