Council evaluates community grant recommendations
The West Linn City Council on June 26 reviewed the Citizens' Budget Committee recommendations for community grant allocations totaling $25,000 for the first year of the 2018-19 biennium.
The grants, which are allocated annually as part of the city budget, are targeted toward organizations that provide a direct benefit to West Linn residents and cannot be allocated for advertising or political advocacy.
The budget committee received requests for a total of $40,786 from 16 groups.
The proposed allocations are as follows:
The council was generally receptive to the funding allocations, though City Councilor Rich Sakelik said he would prefer to leave the Chamber of Commerce off the list for 2018 due to prior funding issues he learned about as liaison to the chamber.
City Councilor Bob Martin also wondered why events like Oktoberfest and the July 4 fireworks are funded by community grants as opposed to the City's parks and recreation budget. City Manager Eileen Stein said this was because those events are not sponsored by the City.
The council will take a final vote on those grants at a July 10 meeting.