By Alex Bridges
Nonprofit groups and other agencies have asked Warren County officials for more money in the next budget cycle.
More than two-dozen outside agencies filed requests seeking local funds for fiscal 2014. Agency requests total $1.12 million - a 20.92 percent increase over the $926,333 allocated by the county in the current budget cycle.
The Board of Supervisors took an early step toward crafting the county's next fiscal budget. The board plans to hold a work session today to hear presentations from county departments and constitutional offices on each of their financial needs.
"At a point later we'll actually talk revenue and what the available funding is going to be and then we'll sit there and go down the list of these and see what we can afford to contribute," Stanley said.
The board requires each outside agency that makes a request for local funding to submit detailed information about the organization, budgets, staffing and the planned use of the funding, according to County Administrator Douglas Stanley. Agencies currently funded in some way by the county as well as any others seeking local money must provide information about their needs.
Supervisors gave agencies an opportunity to make a presentation to the board last week pertaining to funding requests.
A request does not guarantee funding. The board weighs each request based on available money and priorities, Stanley explained. The amount of revenue available for outside agencies changes each budget cycle.
Samuels Public Library tops the list of outside agency requests. The library has asked the county for $885,225 for fiscal 2014. That amount marks a 17.64 percent increase over the current allocation of $752,500.
At the same time, some of the other agencies asked for as little as $2,500, though many have smaller budgets than the library.
Agencies that received no local funding from Warren County in the current cycle but asked for money in fiscal 2014 include:
Warren County is a member of the Winchester Regional Airport Authority that operates in Frederick County. Warren County also allocates some funding for the Middletown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company because the station provides emergency response coverage to the northwest portion of the neighboring locality. The county budgeted $6,500 for the station in the current cycle; the company has asked for $7,000 in fiscal 2014. Stanley noted that in the 18 years he has worked for Warren County the board has given some funding to the station.
Lord Fairfax Community College, with its campus near Middletown, has requested $41,010 from Warren County, compared to $36,274 the institution received in the current fiscal year.
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