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CBT cash dwindles for Nelson community groups

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
April 8th, 2011

There will be less CBT cash than expected as community groups begin vying for their share at a special City council committee of the whole meeting next week.

On April 11 at 7 p.m. a meeting has been called to allow City council to consider presentations from residents in the city who are applying for 2011 CBT Community Initiative Program funding. 

However, that chunk of CBT cash will be reduced this year. The Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors voted last week to change the present formula for determining the allotment for CIP to a population only formula — one which would see the City’s total granting pot drop from $132,882 to $126,445 for 2012.

The population formula was intended to take the distortion out of the process, whereby one community would receive more funding than another because property values were higher in one community.

Previously, the regional district — the administrar of the CIP — formula was based on a blend of property assessment and population. Other regional districts use a population basis only for allocating grants.

City council had passed the directive that Mayor Dooley ask for the RDCK board to investigate additional alternatives to the proposed allocation formulas that would take into consideration both population and the locations of NGOs and service clubs. He was outvoted at the board meeting.

City council felt most of the service groups and non-governmental organizations tend to be in the larger centres, and they provide services throughout the greater region. Those groups come to Nelson City council to ask for CBT funding and the demand is greater as a result.


See also

City preps for fight over CBT funds

Some city groups ineligible for CBT cash

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