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Hartselle to give non-profit groups level funding

By Deangelo McDaniel 340-2469

HARTSELLE — If your organization is non-profit and received funding from Hartselle last year, there is good and bad news.

First, the good news. You probably won't have to come to City Hall to make a pitch for the amount of money you received last year.

The bad: Don't expect an increase.

"Even if we wanted to, I don't see revenue in place to change very much," Mayor Dwight Tankersley said.

The council majority agreed with Council President Kenny Thompson's recommendation to level fund non-profit organizations.

"There's no use in hauling them down here, if we know what we're going to give them," Thompson said.

City leaders agreed to support Councilman Bill Drake's idea to allow new non-profit organizations requesting money to address the council during budget hearings next month.

Last year, Hartselle funded $210,218 of the $549,800 in requests from 24 non-profit organizations.

The Hartselle Board of Education and Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce will continue to be the largest benefactors of non-profit money.

The school system will receive $54,000. But, the city pays almost $1 million in bonds for schools and agreed to continue funding for the school resource officer.

The chamber's appropriation will remain at $28,200. Last year, chamber President Susan Hines requested more money for economic development trips, including travel to Washington, D.C., and to Las Vegas for the International Conference of Shopping Centers.

The council denied the request.

"After we listen to what city departments want, I don't think there will be any additional money left this year," Thompson said.

The council is expected to pass the largest budget in the city's history.

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