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June 10, 2014

Agencies look to county for funding supplements

The Daviess County Commissioners are beginning to take the first steps toward putting their next fiscal year budget together. The commissioners received three requests from agencies looking to supplement their funding by donations from the county.

The requests came from the Daviess County Historical Society, the Daviess County Red Door Division of the Four Rivers Resource Services, and Ride Solutions. All three asked the county to increase their support for the agencies.

“We anticipate everybody will be asking for more,” said President of the Daviess County Commissioners Tony Wichman.

The Historical Society asked for a significant increase in support. During the last budget cycle the county donated $80,000. This year the organization asked for $115,000. “We are hoping you will give us full funding this year,” said DCHS Director Vince Sellers. “Our expenses, particularly our utilities have risen sharply.”

The Historical Society also points out the amount of work it will be doing will be increasing. “With the bicentennial of the county and the state coming we are expecting to be involved in some big things,” explained Sellers. “The bicentennial will be a real focus for us.”

Red Door was also seeking an increase from $18,000 to $20,000. “We do a lot for folks with developmental challenges,” said Steve Sacksteder with Four Rivers Resource Services. “Insurance is a killer for us. We value the county as one of our partners. Red Door provides a lot of traditional services helping our clients become more self-sufficient. We work on employment options for our older folks, and children services including a pre-school for developmentally challenged kids.”

In the last budget Ride Solutions received $5,500 from the county. Ride Solutions Director Becky Guthrie did not ask for a dollar amount. She just asked the county consider providing more funding. “We are the largest rural transportation provider in Indiana,” she said. “We now do all of the transportation for Head Start in the county. We get requests all of the time to expand, but the money is not there to provide the additional services. We would like to do more.”

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