The Boonville City Council will award $181,288.63 to local agencies and organizations. This decision was made after the regular Tuesday night city council meeting.
Local organizations requested $362,426 altogether. With approximately $194,000 to give away, each council person decided on what organization they wished to fund. The amount awarded was determined by averaging the recommendation from each council member. The total of the recommendations was divided by the number of council members(8). A show of hands of five for awarding the averages and three against prompted the averages to be accepted.
Ward One Councilwoman Kathleen Conway said she awarded money to organizations who primarily feed the hungry people in the community.
Ward Four Councilman Mark Livingston did not agree with the averages because he gave an organization funds when no one else did. The average was then divided by eight, making the amount much smaller.
Discussion began on why the entire amount of funds were not awarded. Conway said she was not happy with awarding all of the funds because they had lowered the amount given from $240,000 to $194,000. Ward Three Councilman Hayes Murray said he thinks the city should start giving less money to area organizations and focussing on city infrastructure. He said the city should not act as a charitable organization.
The Howard County Sheriff requested $50,000 but will receive $27,908.88. The Howard County Persecuting Attorney requested $25,000 but will receive $15,030. The New Franklin Police Department requested $14,000 but will receive $10,958.75. The Cooper County Prosecuting Attorney requested $38,983 but will receive $27,710.38. The Cooper County Sheriff requested $50,000 but will receive $40,947.50. M.U.S.T.A.N.G. requested $25,000 but will receive $22,625. The City of Blackwater requested $2,000 but will receive $1,125. The City of Pilot Grove requested $2,000 but will receive $875. The Boonslick Heartland YMCA requested $64,800 but will receive $22,000. The Boonslick Senior Center requested $6,500 but will receive $1,625. The University 4H Program requested $5,000 but will receive $187.50. The Friends of Historic Boonville requested $500 but will receive $62.50. The C.C.B.C. requested $25,000 but will receive $2,250. Unlimited Opportunities requested $5,664 but will receive$1,208.The Boonville Jaycees requested $5,000 but will receive $125. Neighbors Helping Neighbors requested $8,000 but will receive $2,125. Pick Up Boonville requested $700 but will receive $125. CCPH requested $5,000 but will receive nothing. The Blackwater Community Club requested $3,000 but will receive nothing. The Cal Ripken 60th Anniversary Celebration requested $4,300 but will receive $375. The Bunceton Fire Department requested $13,329 but will receive $2,663. The CCPH Disease and Prevention requested $2,000 but will receive $250. Howard County Fire Protection requested $6,000 but will receive $1,125. The Friends of the Library requested $650 but will receive nothing. The New Franklin Silver Liners requested $300 but will receive nothing.