Community group funding envelope should be cut: Murphy

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CORNWALL, Ontario – Community groups looking for taxpayer money might end up with less this year than they received in 2013.

Coun. David Murphy, the chair of the city's community agency budget committee, told his colleagues Thursday morning he'd like to axe up to $40,000 from the $560,000 spent last year.

His announcement was quickly met with condemnation from Coun. Gerry Samson who suggested Murphy was making plans without consulting other committee members.

Murphy pointed out the plan is only a recommendation based on his personal strategy.

"It's not for sure," he said. "We haven’t voted on anything, but we will not be going over the $560,000."

The community agency committee has been fractured when it comes to deciding on just how much taxpayer money it wants to shell out to agencies like The Art Gallery – Cornwall, Seaway Seniors and the Cornwall Community Museum that provide services to specific local agencies.

The committee meets next week to decide how to split up the funding requests.

About a dozen groups have petitioned the city for $718,000.

Funding hikes are being requested by Centre Charles-Emile Claude ($44,140 - $14,140 increase), Centre Culturel de Cornwall ($35,000 -$19,000 increase), SD&G Historical Society ($114,108 -$2,237 increase), and The Art Gallery – Cornwall ($75,000 - $20,015 increase).

Five groups that got nothing last year are asking for a cash infusion in 2014, which includes the Encore Senior’s Education Centre ($5,000), CNIB ($12,000), The Hearing Foundation of Canada ($15,000), Habitat for Humanity ($35,000) and CHOD-FM Radio ($75,000).

Groups asking for the same funding as they received last year include Cornwall and Seaway Valley Tourism ($181,144), Aultsville Theatre ($97,000) and the Seaway Senior Citizens Club ($30,000).

Organizations: The Art Gallery, Cornwall Community Museum, SDG Historical Society Education Centre The Hearing Foundation of Canada Habitat for Humanity CHOD-FM Radio Seaway Valley Tourism Aultsville Theatre Seaway Senior Citizens Club

Geographic location: Ontario

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