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Non-profits request county funding

A total of $153,800 in budget requests were presented to the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners Monday afternoon, with six non-profits seeking funding in the county’s 2013 budget.

Those six non-profits requesting funding are the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation, Seeds of Learning, Archuleta County Education Center, Pagosa Springs Youth Center, Area Agency on Aging and the TARA (Tiffany, Allison, Rosa, Arboles) community (to serve meals).

In the 2012 budget, a total of $50,000 was paid out to non-profits — $35,000 to the PSCDC, $10,000 to Seeds of Learning, and $5,000 to the Circles program, the latter funded in January, after the adoption of the 2012 budget.

In asking for funding Monday, five non-profits presented a brief history and explanation of their organization, as well as the need for continued funding.

Each non-profit also presented goals of how the funding would be used, were the county to dole out the requested amount.

PSCDC was first up, with Udgar Parsons, board member, stating that the three main goals for which the funding would be spent were the downtown revitalization initiative, the acquisition and remodel of the former City Market building located in downtown and “crowd funding,” in which individual and businesses could donate to specific projects.

“This is not a handout, this is an investment in the future of our community,” Parsons said during commissioner questioning on the project.

Seeds of Learning was next, with the request presented by Director Lynne Bridges, who outlined a goal of lowering tuition to make Seeds more accessible to families in the community.

The Ed Center’s request was presented by board member Dave Richardson, who noted a goal of increased cooperation with other education programs in the community, and stated that the $40,000 requested would help balance the center’s budget and prevent the cutting of the tutoring program and further development of the center’s video conferencing program.

For the Pagosa Springs Youth Center, Director Joanne Irons requested funding in order to continue programs offered by the center, such as catering training and youth summer camps.

AAA representative Christina Knoell suggested that funding given to her organization would help diversify the agency’s funding sources, which would then help in obtaining additional funding. She also indicated the funding would support several programs.

Finally, County Administrator Greg Schulte presented the final non-profit request — for the TARA Community Center, which recently began hosting a meal service for the community, with $800 requested to help with utility costs related to the meal service.

No decisions on funding non-profits were made at the meeting, but will, instead, be a part of the final 2013 budget, which is slated to be approved on Dec. 11.

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