City sets up funding criteria
It’s an old tale in many local governments – for all the limited dollars ready to be doled out, there’s no shortage in the users vying for them.
So the city of South Lake Tahoe has developed specific criteria in order to come to grips with choosing what nonprofit agencies will receive from the general fund.
The move is intended to fend off frustration over weeding through the many applicants appealing for a shortage of funds.
“Part of the frustration for sub-committees is with the difficulty that you’ve got 15 agencies doing an excellent job for the community,” Assistant City Manager Sue Schlerf said Friday.
Agencies hoping to make the grade need to show proof of their nonprofit status, a copy of the annual budget, the total amount requested, the length of time they’ll need assistance, information on their programs and how their organizations benefit the community.
From there, the city will consider whether the organization has sought funding from other sources, if it fills unmet needs in the community and channels the dollars into its program, not administration.
Priority will be given to those outfits that come with a match of outside grants.
“I still doubt it will be easy (to decide),” Schlerf said.
“This has been a somewhat free-form in the past,” City Manager Dave Childs said.
“I’ve said quite clearly at the meetings that as long as the city is in a budget crunch, then we should reconsider giving $63,000 to these groups. My feeling is that the money should stay with the city,” Councilman Bill Crawford said, referring to the general fund.
Nonprofit agencies requesting city assistance in the 2001-02 budget will need to submit requests in the new format by 4 p.m. May 30. Instructions may be obtained by calling 542-6016 or visiting the City Administrative Center, 1052 Tata Lane.
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