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Council considers $100K gift to BGCB

Posted: Thursday, Aug 29th, 2013

-- Bumps Humane Society subsidy to $10,000

BROOKINGS – The Boys & Girls Club of Brookings may or may not get up to $100,000 extra from the city council next year, but by stopping by Tuesday’s meeting to say “thank you,” the Brookings Regional Humane Society guaranteed itself another $5,000 in funding for 2014.

It remains up in the air how much the Boys & Girls Club will receive, or if it will get anything beyond its regular city subsidy.

For the fourth time this summer, the Brookings council took a look at its 2014 budget, and this time around, councilors reconsidered a $500,000 request from the Boys & Girls Club.

The youth organization, which had already been approved for its annual $75,000 city subsidy for operations, had asked the council for an additional $500,000 to help fund its expansion program.

In previous budget workshops, City Manager Jeff Weldon had recommended against the $500,000 gift, citing budget pressures, and the council seemed content with that. But lobbying some of the council members individually in the past few weeks produced results: Ope Niemeyer said he’d been requested to revive the discussion.

For the complete article see the 08-29-2013 issue.

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