Non-profits won't see funding increase
Clif Knight, Hartselle Enquirer
The likelihood of level funding for non-profit organizations and non-governmental entities in fiscal 2007-08 is a conclusion that was reached in a preliminary budget discussion between Hartselle City Council members, Mayor Dwight Tankersley and City Clerk/Controller Rita Lee at a recent work session.
It was agreed the council should meet with department heads first and review their budget requests before looking at any others.
In the past, non-profit representatives have been invited to appear before the council for a review of their requests prior to its review with department heads. This year the groups will be informed by letter that the council is proceeding with its budget review with the expectation that 2007-08 appropriations will be at level funding. In addition, each will be asked to provide a financial report in keeping with a recommendation made by the city's auditor.
"I have gone ahead and penciled in level funded appropriations for all of the non-profits in my first budget draft," Tankersley said. "Because our anticipated revenues are not at a level that will permit us to do more. This doesn't mean that you can't go back and make adjustments after we meet with the department heads."
"Level funding sounds good to me," Council President K.T. "Kenny" Thompson said.
The city appropriated money to 24 non-profits in 2006-07, according to Lee. They include Hartselle schools, Beautification Association and Chamber of Commerce.
"I wouldn't want to cut it off at level funding if there's a legitimate reason why we should consider giving more," Councilman Bill Smelser said.
Tankersley said he has received only one new request for funding in 2007-08. It came from Morgan County Public Health.
The council agreed to begin its review with department heads at its next regular work session on Aug. 13, if time permits. A budget work session was also scheduled for Aug. 17.