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Avon questions nonprofit contributions

Lauren Glendenning
Avon, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado – The town of Avon, Colorado typically sets aside money to give to local nonprofit organizations, but Town Manager Larry Brooks told council members Tuesday that practice might have to go on hold in 2010.

Brooks said he sees no way the town can give to nonprofits in 2010 with its budget constraints.

“I can’t balance the budget and provide services to this community if you leave nonprofit funding the way you did this year,” he said.

Brooks said he doesn’t see any signs that budget problems will ease in 2010.

Council members said they didn’t want to decide hastily on the future of nonprofit contributions at Tuesday’s meeting, but agreed to discuss it at the next meeting in two weeks. Councilman Brian Sipes wanted to see which organizations receive money each year and how much they get before talking about pulling the funds. He said organizations that get annual funding could really take a hit from this, as well as the community.

Brooks and Mayor Ron Wolfe agreed that the council needs to decide what to do soon – the town doesn’t want to mislead people by offering applications to nonprofits if the money won’t actually be available, Brooks said.

The town council is currently scheduled to talk about the nonprofit funding requests at its Sept. 8 town council meeting.

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