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Belle Fourche proposes $155,900 in subsidies

August 29, 2018

BELLE FOURCHE — After the 2018 subsidy allocation process yielded 15 tied votes and the funding of only $25,000, the Belle Fourche City Council preliminarily approved 100 percent of the funding allocation applications for 2019.

During its Thursday budget workshop, the Belle Fourche City Council approved $155,900 worth of subsidy allocations to area organizations.

The following displays subsidy requests made by community organizations including the requested amount compared to the amount funded for 2018 with the requested amount compared to amount funded for 2019:

Action for the Betterment of the Community Coalition (ABC) - 2018: $1,500 requested, $0 funded; 2019: $1,500 requested and funded.

Northern Hills Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) - 2018: $1,000 requested, $0 funded; 2019: $1,000 requested and funded.

Center of the Nation Business Association (CONBA) - 2018: $10,000 requested, $0 funded; 2019: $10,000 requested and funded.

Belle Fourche Cowboy Band - 2018: $1,500 requested, $0 funded; 2019: $1,500 requested and funded.

Fort Robinson Breakout Spiritual Run — 2018: $300 requested, $0 funded; 2019: $300 requested and funded.

Good Shepherd Medical Clinic — 2018: $750 requested, $0 funded; 2019: $2,000 requested and funded.

Helpline Center — 2018: $1,500 requested, $0 funded; 2019: $1,000 requested and funded.

NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources — 2018: $2,000 requested, $0 funded; 2019: $2,000 requested and funded.

Realtors for Kids — 2018: $1,000 requested, $0 funded; 2019: $1,000 requested and funded.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) — 2018: $3,000 requested, $0 funded; 2019: $3,000 requested and funded.

Belle Fourche Senior Center - 2018: $3,500 requested, $0 funded; 2019: $3,500 requested and funded.

Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce — 2018: $30,000 requested, $25,000 funded; 2019: $40,000 requested and funded.

Belle Fourche Development Corporation (BFDC) — 2018: $75,000 requested, $0 funded; 2019: $75,000 requested and funded.

Prairie Hills Transit — 2018: $6,500 requested, $0 funded; 2019: $6,500 requested and funded.

Belle Fourche Teen Court — 2018: $7,600 requested, $0 funded; 2019: $7,600 requested and funded.

In 2018, the council allocated $25,000 worth of subsidies subsidy, which represented an 89 percent decrease from 2017. The council’s proposed 2019 allocations total $155,900, more than six times the 2018 allocations.

The Butte County Ambulance service is a recipient of subsidies privy to a tri-party funding agreement between the city of Belle Fourche, Butte County, and the city of Newell. The service received $81,000 from Belle Fourche in 2017 and 2018, and $60,000 in 2019.

The council approved a $20,000 funding request for the Black Hills Roundup.

The first reading of the budget is schedule for Tuesday evening’s meeting of the council.

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