Community agency budget trimmed by $31k

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CORNWALL, Ontario - Community agencies in Cornwall will have to make due with a little less from city hall, it appears.

The city’s community agency budget committee trimmed $31,000 from its $560,000 document Wednesday night - still leaving taxpayers on the hook for about $529,000, said committee chair Coun. David Murphy.

Of the five-member committee only Coun. Gerry Samson voted against approving the budget which mirrors the 2013 requests from agencies like Cornwall and Seaway Valley Tourism ($181,000), SD and G Historical Society ($112,000), Cornwall Regional Art Gallery ($55,000), Aultsville Theatre ($97,000), Seaway Senior Citiens Club ($30,000), Centre Charles Emile Claude ($30,000) and Centre Culturel de Cornwall ($16,000).

The Encore Senior’s Education Centre, will get $5,000 this year - it received nothing in 2013. Twelve groups which requested in-kind services, mostly by way of city labour, were granted their requests.

Some agencies, like the CNIB, Hearing Foundation of Canada, Habitat for Humanity and CHOD-FM Radio were denied their funding requests.

Habitat had sought a land donation from the city, but will instead have to settle for municipal assistance in finding suitable property for a new build.

City council will meet Tuesday to officially approve the 2014 budget.

Organizations: Seaway Valley Tourism, Historical Society, Cornwall Regional Art Gallery Aultsville Theatre Seaway Senior Citiens Club Education Centre Hearing Foundation of Canada Habitat for Humanity

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario

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