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Agreements for EDA, library funding OK'd

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL - Town Council approved two memorandums of understanding between the town and county at their Monday night meeting, both concerning funding.

One agreement covers funding for Samuels Public Library, and states that in fiscal year 2012-13, the town will appropriate 6 percent of the library's funding, not to exceed $47,500. Starting in 2013-14, and every year afterward, the county will assume 100 percent of the library's funding.

The second memorandum calls for the county to take over full funding of the Economic Development Authority in the future, as well as give the county's Board of Supervisors the authority to appoint all member's to the EDA's Board of Directors.

Councilman Thomas Sayre requested that the item be moved from the consent agenda because he had some concerns with the document.

"The concern I have ... is that we're giving up our authority to make appointments," Sayre said, and added that while the EDA may still come to council with reports, "it wouldn't be the same."

Currently, the town appoints two members to the Board of Directors. The memorandum states that two members of the board would remain town residents, but the county would appoint them.

Councilman N. Shae Parker pointed out that anyone is welcome to attend meetings with the EDA, and that one member of the board he is most in
contact with is a town resident whom the county appointed.

"It doesn't matter who appoints them, as long as we work with them," Parker said of the EDA board members.

The agreement also says that the county will not take over full funding until fiscal year 2013-14. Additionally, the current town appointees will finish out their term.

Sayre cast the only vote against the EDA memorandum.
"You get what you pay for," he said. "I think we're making a mistake."

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