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|County Board Nixes GREDA Funding Proposal
|The Knox County Board got to feel what it's like to play in front of a full house.
The courtroom for the Knox County Board meeting last Wednesday night was packed to capacity to hear all about a funding proposal from GREDA, and what the board's response would be.
After a narrow 4-3 vote by the county board's finance committee meeting last week, the full board voted 11-4 to strike down a multi-year funding deal with the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association worth $90,000 taxpayer dollars and based on performance. The new contract offered by GREDA and agreed upon by the finance committee included an out clause that wouldn't take effect until 2010.
GREDA Board Chairman Bob Fulton tells W-G-I-L he doesn't understand the Knox County Board's decision to vote down funding the organization.
"We're obviously disappointed in the results...I don't think that we have been able to get our story out. We have brought jobs to this community, we have got documentation of jobs we've brought to this community. I guess all I can say is I'm disappointed."
Fulton added that GREDA is doing its part, even in challenging economic times.
"One hundred seventy-five jobs in this economy, and we're being chastised for not furnishing jobs. I don't understand it."
The board tried to come up with a solution for GREDA funding, like cutting in half the $30-thousand amount that was given to the organization this year, or just a yearly lump sum. Since it was not in the board's agenda, the funding issue couldn't be solved and will likely be up for discussion again at the next Knox County Board Finance Committee meeting.
|10 29 08 by Newsroom
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