City Approves Majority of Agency Funding Requests
The Gillette City Council agreed at Tuesday night’s meeting to grant $885,000 in Optional One Percent funding to local social service agencies this budget cycle, provided that sales tax revenues of $17.7 million for fiscal year 2020 remain as projected.
The $885,000 is approximately 95 percent of the $933,380 that agencies requested last week, April 9.
For the most part, city staff approved most of the additional requests from the Optional One Percent fund, including those agencies that haven’t changed from the previous budget cycle, those that increased, and those from agencies that did not receive funding last year.
The Council of Community Services will receive their full requested amount of $35,000, which is $10,000 more than the previous year.
Personal Frontiers, Inc., will also be awarded $35,000, less than their requested $40,000 but still $5,000 over what they received last fiscal year.
The Visitation and Advocacy Center for the Sixth Judicial District will receive a $10,000 increase, bringing their total One Percent allocations this year to $65,000.
The $12,000 increase requested by the Youth Emergency Services House was cut slightly down to $10,000, though they’ll still receive $160,000 from the One Percent this year.
The city will give $4,000 to the Parks and Recreation Department to offset costs associated with the annual Fourth of July celebration, as well as $5,000 to the Campbell County Health Care Foundation for the purchase of vaccines.
Gillette College will receive its usual $500,000 from the One Percent, and the Donkey Creek Festival will receive $35,000.
Requests from the city’s General Fund followed much the same pattern with the council approving $313,449 in additional funding, roughly 76 percent of the $412,249 requested.
The Campbell County Conservation District will be granted $30,000 of the $45,800 requested, while the Energy Capital Economic Development will receive $130,000, which is $10,000 more than what they received last year but a far cry from the $200,000 requested.
Gillette Main Street, however, may need to start thinking about other ways to fund their operations. This year, the city will give the organization $20,000, but with a caveat saying the city will decrease that funding by $5,000 every year until Gillette Main Street is no longer funded by the city.
This is because the city had agreed, six years ago, that they would only fund Gillette Main Street for its first two years. After that point, the organization was supposed to be self-funded, according to Gillette Mayor Louise Carter-King.
Requests made by the AVA Art Center, Gillette Girls Fast Pitch Association, and the American Legion Post 42 Baseball did not meet the organizational requirements to receive funding from the Optional One Percent.
City Spokesperson Geno Palazzari said that the council, in 2012, placed a 5 percent cap on funding requests from the One Percent. The cap restricted the ways in which One Percent money could be used to fund agencies that help Gillette’s vulnerable population.