Washington County TDC discusses discontinuing grant program

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM.

Everett said the council should hold a workshop to discuss whether or not to continue the grant program before the next year’s budget is due in August. The first draft of the budget is due in May, Administrative Assistant Heather Lopez said.

“I think we also need to talk to the grant recipients, and hear their thoughts,” Everett said. “It’s important that we be responsible and balanced in our decisions. At the end of the day, it’s all about getting heads in beds. If we don’t have people spending money in the county, then we’re going to lose.”

Council Member Mary Richmond said she did not think the TDC should give grants to any one-day events, since an overnight stay is not generally required for attendance.

However, Everett said that events that are currently budgeted for the remainder of this fiscal year should still be considered for grants.

After the grant discussion in the workshop, the TDC had two grant requests to consider in their March meeting, which immediately followed the workshop.

Vernon City Council was requesting $1,000 for the Vernon 4th of July Extravaganza and the city of Wausau was seeking $2,000 for the 3rd annual Wausau Possum Classic 3D Archery tournament.

The TDC members split 2-2 on supporting the grant request from Vernon, with Richmond and Sweeney voting against the request and members Everett and Dana Phillips voting for the request.

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