CPC TABLES DECISION TO HELP FUND IWCC PROJECT
(ATLANTIC) The Community Promotion Commission discussed a requested change to their FY 2011-2012 budget to include funding 12-thousand 500-dollars to the Iowa Western Community College Technology project.
The City Council has agreed to fund the project 25-thousand dollars for four years and they would like half of that to come out of the Community Promotion budget. That amount makes up about 1/3 of the CPC’s budget.
CPC member Barbara Stensvad was not in favor of the idea.
“I guess it’s my understanding since we are a commission and not a budget and since we have been fiscally responsible as good stewards of our tax payer money and we’ve already approved our budget, that this is not an item that the city should be turning to us for,” said Stensvad.
Atlantic City Administrator Doug Harris says the funding has to come from somewhere.
“Well I don’t know if you heard last night (at the City Council meeting) there were many people where they have raised part of it through the bond issue and a lot of people saying they shouldn’t be using the bond issue. It has to be paid out of somewhere whether its new tax dollars, I think they tried to do it where it’s not all being raised just by increasing the levy through the bond issue. There is not an ideal place in terms of raising funds,” said Harris. “It does say the council establishes the budget and after they set the budget you have discretion in terms of how to spend those funds.”
The City Council is set to approve their budget plans at their next meeting, therefore the CPC decided to table any decisions to a special meeting they will be holding Monday at 5:30 p.m.