First look at groups requesting taxpayer money - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

First look at groups requesting taxpayer money

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A first look at the early budget recommendations for New Hanover County show several groups missing out on money they've received in the past.

More than 30 non-profits, development groups and economic organizations applied for financial contributions from county government and this year's recommendations from staff are more than $200,000 less than the amount approved by the Board of Commissioners last year.

Kids Making It, DREAMS of Wilmington and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure are among the list of human service groups with zeros next to their name, according to a draft budget summary.

Several supporters have already emailed commissioners in hopes of restoring the $5,000 given to the Race for the Cure last year. The inaugural event attracted more than 2,000 participants.

A spokesperson said Monday that the foundation looks forward to continuing a relationship with New Hanover County.

The county manager's office reports that the reasoning behind the change is to focus more on supporting local events with similar causes.

Some groups could see a decrease in their contributions from the county, like Elderhaus and Blue Ribbon Commission.

The largest drop appears to be the United Way's Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, which has collected $25,000 from the county for several years. This year's recommendation is $0.

The president of the Cape Fear Area chapter said he's following the recommendation process and will do what he can to restore funding.

Other non-county agencies potentially without any recommended money coming their way include the Cameron Art Museum, Children's Museum and Cucalorous Film Festival.

Commissioners can request and approve changes to the recommendations.

Several organizations, like the Carousel Center and Good Shepherd Center would see increases to their annual county support if the recommendations are approved as is.

The budget will be formally presented to county leaders Monday May 20, with a public hearing scheduled for June 3 and a vote by commissioners two weeks later.

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