Milledgeville City Council recently discussed the long-term impact of supporting local nonprofits and other organizations through local funds. While a recent budget discussion brought specific organizations to the forefront of the conversation, if Council intends to more carefully examine how it approaches funding requests from nonprofits, then every group the city helps support should be on the table for consideration.
Some Council members recently brought up the notion that initial funding for a number of these organizations was seed money and never intended to continue long-term. In today’s era of closer budget analysis as every tax dollar is placed under a careful public microscope, discussions like these aren’t far-fetched. However, if Council intends to consider a different approach in earmarking funds for these entities then every group Council helps support through local funds should be examined with the same level of scrutiny. It doesn’t seem fair to single out particular organizations without putting them all on the table for careful examination and discussion.
Additionally, Council should also consider the very vital role the arts play in promoting the local community; as Georgia’s antebellum capital maintaining a community climate that fosters and supports Milledgeville’s rich history, arts and culture is important for numerous reasons — tourism most prominent among them.
In order to adequately analyze these funding complexities, Council must consider the impact of these organizations, many of which provide services that fill voids in the community, areas that otherwise would be left unfulfilled.
Council must remember that the community would be sadly poorer without many of these organizations.
Long-term analysis is needed in order to give these entities time to develop other sources for funding and not be cut off with little notice. City Council must look at this issue from all sides and develop a well-rounded solution with a healthy vision.