Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

October 10, 2013

Letters to the Editor

Difference between wants and needs

Dear Editor:

For the last eight years I have been attending, videotaping and observing City of Greensburg public meetings.

An issue came up at the most recent City Council meeting of Oct. 7 of additional funding for New Directions, the domestic abuse center located here in Greensburg and under the leadership of Director Diane Moore.

There are many Not for Profits (NFP’S) that come to the city of Greensburg for funding.

Here are a list of those NFP’s and the funding they requested from the City of Greensburg at the City Council meetings of Jan. 28, 2013 and Feb. 4, 2013.

Greensburg Schools... amount requested for 2012 $5,000.00 / amount requested 2013 $5,000.00

Sm. Business Center... amount requested for 2012 $5,000.00 / amount requested 2013 $5,000.00

Catch A Ride...amount requested for 2012 $5,000.00 / amount requested 2013 $5,000.00

New Directions...amount requested for 2012 $15,000.00 / amount requested 2013 $20,000.00

Econ. Dev. Corp...amount requested for 2012 $60,000.00 / amount requested 2013 $60,000.00

Learning Center...amount requested for 2012 $15,000.00 / amount requested 2013 $15,000.00

Big Brothers/Big Sisters...amount requested for 2012 $3,000.00 / amount requested 2013 $10,000.00

Main St. G’burg...amount requested for 2012 $30,000.00 / amount requested 2013 $30,000.00

Bread of Life...amount requested for 2012 NONE / amount requested 2013 $20,000.00

Which of the above NFP requests are “wants” for our community and which of these requests are “needs” for our community? Not all of these entities were granted the amounts they requested for 2013. New Directions was one that was not given their request but was told they could come back for it if they found they needed it. Others were given the full amount.

There was one member of the City Council who voiced and voted against giving New Directions the additional funds. I applaud that member of the council for addressing fiscal responsibility. We all know we are in some very tough times and this type of action for fiscal responsibility needs to happen from the bottom to the top of our government.

What I question is not this council member’s call for fiscal responsibility but the prioritizng of these funds in the “need” or “want” categories. I personally would have taken funds from some of the other listed NFP’s that are “wants” and given the full amount to New Directions, the Bread of Life, and Big Brothers / Big Sisters which are both serving some critical “needs” of our community in the current economy.

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