City about to play Santa Claus with charity funds
The requests are in and now it’s time for the Glenwood Springs City Council to make some of its charitable contributions for 2003. The decisions are set to be made Thursday during the regular City Council meeting, set for 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.The recommendations made thus far to City Council by the city’s Financial Advisory Board calls for $38,800 to be given out in discretionary grants in 2003. The balance of the $50,000 discretionary grant budget will be given out during 2003. Groups asked for 37 percent more funding in 2003 for city discretionary grants than in 2002, increasing from $62,030 to $99,050. Discretionary grants, which are funded by the city’s one-cent sales tax, are a way for the city to give to worthwhile charitable, recreational and entertainment causes. The requests range from $500 to $13,000, but the city usually doesn’t pay more than $5,000. City finance director Mike Harman said everyone has a fair chance to vie for the city money. “Anyone who has received money in prior years gets a mailing. Also, it’s posted in the paper,” Harman said. “We take the applications to a meeting of the Financial Advisory Board and they make a recommendation of who’s worthy and how much they get.”Once those decisions are made, the list is heard by City Council, where the list can be modified and approved. Of the $50,000 available in the fund, a little less than 80 percent was allotted for 2003, giving City Council some money to donate to organizations or groups that might need money later in the year. “For example, last year the Mock Trial team got some of the extra discretionary funds,” Harman said. The team made it to the national finals in May, so team members petitioned City Council for money to fund their trip to Minnesota for the competition. “That’s a classic example,” Harman added.Some of the larger recommended grant recipients include Advocate Safehouse Project, $5,000; Glenwood Youth Hockey, $4,000; Mountain Valley Developmental Services, $5,000; the Family Visitor Program, $5,000; and the Sopris Barracuda Swim Team, $5,000. Most of the grant recipients are either nonprofit organizations or recreational groups. “I think this year we had more than ever before,” Harman said of the applicants. Also on the agenda:-The council will hold a 5 p.m. work session on the Ride Glenwood Springs transportation program. -Council will consider appointing Ben Holzman to the Airport Committee to replace Steve Carver.
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