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County commitee hears funding requests from organizations

Washington County is taking a closer look at the requests for funding assistance from community organizations during the 2013 budget year.
To encourage more input from county commissioners, Mayor Dan Eldridge divided the requests among different committees for consideration and recommendations to the Budget Committee.
Members of the General Health and Welfare Committee began their review of 18 written proposals during the May 9 meeting.
Ten of those organizations accepted the invitation to send a representative to speak on behalf of the needs and services offered, and answer questions.
Commissioners heard presentations from Frontier Health; East Tennessee State University College of Nursing; Girls, Inc.; Johnson City/Washington County Boys & Girls Clubs; Coalition for Kids, Inc.; Johnson City Senior Center; Second Harvest Food Bank; Johnson City Public Library; Hands On Museum; and the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
Commissioner Joe Grandy, committee chair, said all of the financial information from the organizations has been verified, a process that has not been done in the past.
The committee declared a recess to consider the proposals and was expected to reconvene on May 15 to finalize recommendation to the Budget Committee.