At its work session Thursday, the
Kodiak Island Borough Assembly took up the issue of non-profit funding for
fiscal year 2010. The assembly made adjustments to its funding list to bring it
under budget, and raised questions about requests from two groups. KMXT's Erik
Wander has more.
The borough received a total of
271-thousand, 626 dollars in non-profit funding requests from health and human
services organizations, and 82-thousand dollars from education, culture and
recreation groups. Both amounts slightly exceeded the figures the borough had
budgeted. Assembly members managed to bring the total amount of funding under
budget by approving less funding than requested for three organizations
requesting significantly more funding than they received last year. The
assembly reduced Kodiak Island Health Care Foundation's requested 30-thousand dollars
to 25-thousand, and Kodiak Humane Society's five-thousand dollar request to
four-thousand. It also reduced the seven-thousand, five-hundred dollars Kodiak
Little League had requested to five-thousand. Questions were also raised about Kodiak
Rodeo and State Fair's status as a non-profit organization, and Threshold
Services' request for just over 10-thousand dollars in non-profit funding when
it is also expected to receive a contract estimated to be worth approximately 280-thousand
dollars to provide recycling services. Assemblywoman Chris Lynch, who is also
Threshold's board president, explained the difference between the contract and
being funded as a non-profit.
1 36 sec. "We bid on the contract ... could
have submitted one.")
board member Ellen Simeonoff explained how the organization's business plan
ties in with its mission of providing employment for disabled people.
1 19 sec. "The purpose of this business ... particular type of funding.")
Rocheleau (Rosh-low), who is also a Threshold board member, further clarified
that the non-profit funding does not represent a subsidy from the borough. She
also emphasized the core mission of the business.
1 20 sec. "As our mission ... so that we are competitive.")
Pat Branson said that when the assembly went through its budget, three important
education, culture and recreation groups were removed from the non-profit
detail. She clarified why.
1 29 sec. "The Maritime Museum
... we need to make that clear.")
pointed out that several non-profits failed to take advantage of the
opportunity to raise money for their organizations through the borough's
crossing guard program.
2 34 sec. "There are 15 non-profits ... many of them are not.")
agreed to meet with representatives from Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair regarding
their request for 10-thousnd dollars in funding if they are able to produce
documentation of non-profit status. In addition to Lynch being board president of
Threshold, Branson is executive director of Senior Citizens of Kodiak, which will
receive 35-thousand dollars if the non-profit funding list is approved. In the
interest of full disclosure, Kodiak Public Broadcasting will receive funding
from the borough as a non-profit organization in the amount of seven-thousand,
five-hundred dollars if approved. The assembly will vote on the non-profit
funding list at its regular meeting this Thursday.