Finally…. Weatherford elects a man who votes with tax payers in mind! Our thanks to Councilman Kevin Cleveland, who understands the proper use of taxes, made a motion to cut funding for nonprofit organizations.
Does it make sense to anyone, that some on Weatherford’s city council would be talking about raising taxes, and giving tax dollars away to unofficial nonprofit organizations at the same time?
Without naming names, it is easy to pick out one of these geniuses by reading the Weatherford Democrat article below.
Thank you Councilman Kevin Cleveland for standing on conservative principles!
City cuts nonprofit support in half
The Weatherford City Council Tuesday night voted to cut in half its support of local charities.
The six nonprofits that made requests (totaling $88,500) will get approximately $38,000 from city funds next year, less than half of what was disbursed by the city this current fiscal year.
The organizations affected include CASA, Freedom House, Manna Storehouse, Crossroads Ministry, Center of Hope and Parker County Committee on Aging.
With Mayor Craig Swancy absent and Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Robinson abstaining from the vote due to his wife’s position as the CEO of Center of Hope, the remaining three council members pushed three different positions.
Council member Dale Fleeger, who initially recommended funding the full amount of the request from the nonprofits, moved to continue to fund the organizations at roughly the current level for a total of nearly $76,000.
Council member Kevin Cleveland moved to cut funding altogether.
Heidi Wilder initially found no support to provide funds totaling around $38,000. However, Cleveland, finding no support for his own position, voted with Wilder after she made the same motion a second time.
Fleeger voted against the motion.
The move comes after Parker County Republican Party Chair Zan Prince emailed county and city officials in May calling for local government officials to end donations to local nonprofits.
“I know that all of these agencies are challenged,” Fleeger said. “I know that one of the agencies will very likely go out of existence if they don’t receive funding from us as a part of their funding package next year.”
“They all provide a fundamental level of service that the city doesn’t provide and we’re not required to provide but it is a part of what our community is all about in terms of supporting people’s needs,” Fleeger said.
“I respect and appreciate every single one of these organizations,” Kevin Cleveland said. “They have a great service to our community. I do not argue that in the least.”
“We’re raising taxes on our citizens to meet shortfalls in budgets and expectations as a city. And in the same breath say, ‘Hey, we would like you guys to go ahead and give us a little more money so that we can decide for you what charities you would like to contribute to.’ I just have a hard time believing that that is our role.”
Wilder also said that she admires every charity but noted that the city is stretched financially.
“The only thing with that [cutting funding entirely], Kevin, is that some funding they will get no funding from other sources, other government agencies if their city is unwilling to fund,” Wilder said.
Most of the nonprofits receive federal funding of some kind, Wilder said, noting that Freedom House, for example, would lose a lot of funding if the city does not fund the organization at all.
Cleveland said he was approached by people who said they didn’t know the city gives money to charities and would be bringing their charity to the city next year.
“We know that there are people in this community that will give money but we also know that every one of these agencies need more money and I feel like it’s part of our responsibility as a community to support the community,” Fleeger said. “We do it with our parks, we do it with our fire department, we do it with our police and we ask the citizens to pay for those services. These services they are offering, if we had to offer them as a city, we wouldn’t be able to afford them. So I think we are getting off lightly in terms of even if we fully fund what’s here in terms of helping our community.”