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Shrinking Federal Dollars

By Glenn Collins
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 | 12:00 AM

“[T]he City Council of Haleyville, Alabama is fully supportive of Marion-Winston Counties Community Action Committee, Inc. and urges that adequate funding for the Community Services Block Grant be adopted in the Congressional appropriations process to assure the continuation of so many vital services to the citizens of Haleyville, Alabama.” So said the Council unanimously at its meeting Monday night in approving Resolution 2011-41. 

The Council has good reason to fear loss of funding: President Obama's proposed FY2012 budget cuts the Community Services Block Grant in half, from $700 million to $350 million. These monies fund community organizations such as MWCCAC. With great pressure in Washington to reduce spending, it is doubtful there will be a successful attempt to restore funding. Indeed, proposed funds could actually be reduced in committee. The proposed budget also introduces competition into the program. Historically, CSBG money was allocated evenly and proportionally among the states and Indian tribes. Should a Department of Health and Human Services bureaucrat in Washington decide that MWCCAC is not a “highest-quality” program, it could lose any federal funding.

The Council also approved July General Operation Bills in the amount of $480,467.27 and rescheduled the September 5 meeting to Tuesday, September 6, 7 PM.

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