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|City Council Decides on External Agency Funding -- "Big Bang Boom" May Not Be as Big Next Year
|FIRST REPORTED 3:00pm 11/30/09 The City of Galesburg will give out more money to what they term external agencies than they have in the past, but it's still nowhere near what those agencies wanted.
The City Council during a work session Monday afternoon decided on funding levels for over a dozen different community and charitable organizations. City Manager Dane Bragg says they requested $105,000 from the city -- much more than in the past -- but aldermen settled on about $53,000 worth of funding, 17% more than last year.
One of the agencies that is seeing less than they wanted is the Galesburg Jaycees. They wanted $8,000 but instead are getting $5,000, for the annual "Big Bang Boom" fireworks show on July fourth.
Seventh Ward Alderman Mike Lummis says the way he sees it, the Jaycees deserved to not get what they were asking for.
"I don't think that the Jaycees are doing enough to sell-promote as far as funding," Lummis said. "It appears to me that it's just too easy to ask for the total of $8,000, and I was disappointed in our meeting (November 23) that we did not have a representative of the Jaycees here. I took that personally as a snub."
Lummis says the Jaycees should do more of an effort to raise money themselves for the fireworks show.
"Big Bang Boom" is put on every year by WGIL-parent Galesburg Broadcasting Company along with the Jaycees.
The funding requests are a part of the full city budget that will be voted on next Monday night for the fiscal year starting in January.
(The Galesburg City Council discussed external agency funding over lunch Monday afternoon in the Erickson Conference Room at City Hall. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|11 30 09 by Newsroom
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