City to tackle outside agency funding question this week

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City council is expected to decide this week how it will address hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding requests from outside agency.

Budget committee chair Denis Carr told Seaway News in an interview councillors will have to decide just how much city hall is going to place in its outside agency funding envelope, and then decide just how much each group will get.

The budget committee meets Friday.

"There are some we have traditionally supported, and others that are new this year," he said.

Nearly 20 outside agencies and community groups have made funding pitches to city councillors that add up to a little more than $700,000 - which is 31 per cent more than the $561,000 city hall doled out last year.

There have already been suggestions that council could trim the outside agency funding envelope down to $500,000.

"I will not consider any new ones," Coun. Denis Thibault told Seaway News last month when asked about the different funding requests the city has received. "And I'm not in support of increases either."

There are several new groups on the list looking for $146,500 in funding that wasn't spent last year, including the Agape Centre ($60,000), Beyond 21 ($30,000), Parade of Nations ($12,000), CNIB ($12,000), St. Lawrence Genealogy Centre ($12,000), Seaway Valley Theatre Company ($8,500), Creative Expressions ($5,000), Mad Hatter Productions ($5,000) and the Ontario Senior Games ($4,000).

The SD and G Historical Society will be asking for $114,208 this year - a two per cent increase.

The Centre Culturel de Cornwall is looking for $43,400 this year, a $27,400 increase from 2012.

Other agencies that have matched their funding request from 2012 include Cornwall and Seaway Valley Tourism ($181,144), Aultsville Theatre ($97,000), Cornwall Regional Art Gallery ($70,000), Centre Charles Emile-Claude ($30,000) and Seaway Senior Citizens Club ($30,000).

Groupe Renaissance reduced its request by $5,000 to $15,000, while Skate Cornwall dropped its $5,000 request all together.

Organizations: Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation, Seaway News, Agape Centre Seaway Valley Theatre Company Ontario Senior Games Historical Society Seaway Valley Tourism Aultsville Theatre Cornwall Regional Art Gallery Seaway Senior Citizens Club

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