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Committee suggests lower group funding

Groups could see 40 percent drop in support levels from town

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Posted: Tuesday, May 5, 2009 11:00 pm

Outside agencies and non-profit groups could see dramatic declines in governmental support in fiscal 2010 from the Town of Oro Valley.

Last week, a community funding subcommittee of the Oro Valley Town Council met with groups that had requested town support in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The groups, 18 in all, had originally requested more than $487,000 from the town to help fund charities, arts organizations and veterans groups, to name a few.

After reviewing the initial requests, Town Manager David Andrews recommended the council provide $403,000 in support for some of the groups, while suggesting that others not receive any funding.

The council subcommittee, working on Andrews' suggestion, interviewed the applicants and come up with its own recommendation of $237,716 — about 60 percent of the town manager's proposed funding total.

The Critical Path Institute (C-Path) had requested $25,000, but subcommittee members opted to not fund the group. The town gave the group $25,000 in fiscal 2009.

University of Arizona researchers founded C-Path to help accelerate the process of putting medical advances in drugs and diagnostics on the market.

Dance Magnificat and the Santa Cruz Heritage Alliance were also denied funding in the recommendation.

The subcommittee recommended funding two groups at the levels they originally requested — the Community Food Bank and Project Graduation. All other recommendations came in below requested amounts.

Community funding recommendations

T he Oro Valley Town Council has received a recommendation for funding of 15 non-profit groups and outside agencies. The total recommended amount represents less than half of the $487,154 the groups requested. The council decided not to fund three groups that had requested money.

The recommendations:

Amphi Foundation $2,000

Arizona Distance Classic $3,000

Arizona Paralyzed Veterans $4,500

Arthritis Foundation $1,375

Catalina Community Services $3,750

Community Food Bank $15,000

C-Path 0

Dance Magnificat 0

Greater Oro Valley Arts Council $61,930

Interfaith Community Services $1,250

Metropolitan Tucson Convention

and Visitors Bureau $72,000

Oro Valley Parade $1,893

Pima Council on Aging $9,019

Perimeter Bicycling

(El Tour de Tucson) $13,750

Project Graduation $10,000

Santa Cruz Heritage Alliance 0

TREO $24,000

TriSports Racing $13,250

Total $236,717

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