Jul 16, 2015

Park County government trims funding for non-profits

Park County commissioners are giving fewer tax dollars to local non-profit organizations in the coming year.

In the budget for July 2015 to June 2016, commissioners have set aside $356,047 for other governments and private entities that range from senior centers to a drug treatment program to the Cody Shooting Complex. That’s about $14,800 fewer dollars — or 4 percent less — than the county sent to the organizations over the past year.

Park County commissioners
“All these groups are worthy and they could all use, to varying degrees, more money,” Commissioner Bucky Hall said during a brief discussion last month. However, commissioners stuck with their goal of trimming parts of the budget by 4 percent to prepare for what they believe will be leaner years ahead.

For most of the organizations, it’s the second time in three years that their county funding has been cut by 4 percent.

Commissioners exempted the county’s senior centers from the 4 percent cuts they made in the 2013-14 fiscal year (and actually upped the centers’ funding last year), but they did not spare them this time around.

The funding breaks down as:

  • $110,400 for the senior centers in Powell and Cody ($49,920 each) and Meeteetse ($10,560)
  • $42,393 for the economic development organizations Forward Cody ($18,432), Powell Economic Partnership ($14,745) and the Meeteetse Economic Development Alliance ($9,216)
  • $41,472 to help pay for the mental healthcare services provided by Yellowstone Behavioral Health
  • $38,516.78 of support for the Park County Drug Court program (the majority of the contribution isn’t cash, but the free use of a county building)
  • $27,648 to help subsidize airline service into the Cody airport (through Cody-Yellowstone Air Improvement Resources)
  • $26,544 to support local youth through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Park County ($13,824), Park County 4-H ($11,200) and in helping pay for graduation parties for high school seniors in Powell, Cody and Meeteetse ($1,200)
  • $18,432 for the Cody Shooting Complex, which sits on county owned and leased land
  • $14,745.60 for the Park County Animal Shelter in Cody ($11,059.20) and City of Powell/Moyer Animal Shelter ($3,686.40)
  • $12,902.40 to Crisis Intervention Services to help serve victims of domestic abuse
  • $12,902.40 for recycling efforts by Powell Valley Recycling ($7,372.80), the City of Cody ($4,608) and the Town of Meeteetse ($921.60)
  • $8,939.52 for Cody’s Mannahouse, which provides food and other items to people in need
  • $1,152 for a Wyoming Game and Fish Department program that picks up and disposes of dead animals from agricultural producers who live in grizzly bear territory

Commissioner Loren Grosskopf reiterated his objections to contributing to the parties for high school seniors, but he was overruled by the rest of the commission.

Outside funding represents only a small fraction of the county’s general budget, which is around $26.6 million.


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