The Warren County Commissioners on Wednesday approved $10,750 in funding to support county events being held by 13 organizations.
The commissioners began funding events in the county “that promote tourism or get people out in their communities” four years ago, setting aside money in the county’s economic development budget.
This spring, requests for event funding topped the county’s budget of $15,000, forcing the commissioners to trim dollars from some of the requests.
“We had to make some hard decision this go around,”Commissioner John Bortz said. “The number of events have grown. We had to make some cuts.”
“This is a program that has suffered from its success,” Commissioner Chairman John Eggleston added. “The amount of requests has started to dilute the funding.”
The commissioners slashed the funding requests by approximately $4,000 to leave some funding intact for any requests received in the fall.
The following was allotted by the commissioners: DAV Walleye Tournament, $500; Sugar Grove Maple Syrup Festival, $250; Women in the Outdoors, $500; Scandia Chainsaw Carving, $1,000; Family Services/Kwik Fill bike race, $1,500; Johnny Appleseed Festival, $1,000; Wild Woods Indian Festival, $1,000; Youngsville Corn Festival, $1,000; Tidioute State Fishing Tournament, $500; Tidioute Western Festival, $2,000; Reenactors for the Fourth of July, $500; Grow for Life, $500; and the Allegheny Outdoor Club, $500.
“It pleases me greatly, as it does the rest of the board, to see these events going on in the county,” Bortz said.
In other business, the commissioners voted to approve an amendment to the Home Contract, which provides HUD funding to the county’s Economic Opportunity Council to construct transitional housing for victims of domestic violence and their children.
The EOC originally received a HUD grant of $124,000 for the housing, but due to a delay in receiving the grant required an additional $228,000 to complete the project.
The commissioners also voted to provide money from the Housing Trust Fund to pay $50,000 in water tap-in fees for 20 low income residents in North Warren.