The Putnam County Budget Committee allocated on Monday $72,800 to 15 non-profit organizations.
That amount totals $15,500 more than the county allocated to non-profits last year. $12,000 of the increase went to four groups that did not receive funding from the county in fiscal year 2018-2019.
Committee member Jonathan Williams said he couldn’t support the additional $12,000.
“I have a hard time justifying awarding an additional $12,000 to charitable organizations, as good and deserving as they may be,” Williams said “when we have our own county departments that have needs and are now going to be $12,000 without.”
A Non-Profit Committee recommended the funding amount after considering $87,725 in requests.
Chairman Ben Rodgers said the committee used a half cent on the property tax to distribute funds to each organization.
“We gave them a half-cent, so roughly that’s $81,000,” Rodgers said.”They actually came in $9,000 under that.”
The Tennessee Suicide Network and Putnam County Rural Health did not receive any funding from the committee. All other groups received between $1,300 and $10,000.
Committee member Mike Atwood said he supports the committee’s efforts, but would like to see some changes next year.
“I think maybe next year we look at a better system to offer some better direction,” Atwood said. “Every year we have a problem with non-profits, it’s always an issue as to who deserves it and who doesn’t.”
This marked the first year that the county utilized the non-profit committee for funding recommendations. The previous county commission voted to create the committee and commit the half-cent towards non-profit requests.
The Budget Committee on Monday recommended approving the non-profit requests, with committee member Jonathan Williams casting the lone no vote. That recommendation will go before the full county commission.
A full breakdown of the funding approved by the budget committee can be found below.