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County continues to fund nonprofits

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Budget tight, but county sets aside approximately $140,000

By Damon Lawrence

In addition to the budget, the Roane County Commission will also be voting on a resolution allocating $137,850 to nonprofits for the 2013-14 fiscal year. 
“It’s a drop in the bucket compared to the whole budget,” Commissioner Bobby Collier said. “It’s something we’ve been doing for years.”
The groups slated to receive money are as follows: Child and Family Services, $2,780; Michael Dunn, $30,000; Mid-East Community Action Agency, $13,547; Roane County Heritage Commission, $6,500; ETHRA, $9,200; Roane County Rescue Squad, $35,000; Michael Dunn Day Care Center, $10,823; and Child Advocacy Center, $25,000.
“We didn’t increase the amount of money,” Collier said. “It just got switched around.”
The county is decreasing the amount of money it provides for the Roane State Community College Expo Center from $25,000 to $15,000.
That will allow the county to give an additional $5,000 to the heritage commission, which received $1,500 last year.
Another $5,000 set aside for nonprofits has not been allocated. Collier said the budget committee decided to do that because it wanted to give other organizations a chance to receive some money.
“We haven’t added anyone in years, so we’re just trying to expand it a little bit,” he said. 
The commission meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 8 at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.