New proposal could mean no city funding for some non-profits in Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)– A new proposal will soon be on the table for the Evansville City Council. On Monday Jonathan Weaver is presenting a resolution and ordinance that could affect non profits who receive money from the cities budget.

With an upcoming budget session scheduled to start in August some on the Evansville City Council are trying to make changes early.

“So the question over the last couple years has been should the city be in the not-for-profit business,” Jonathan Weaver says.

Councilman Weaver is one of the members who’s questioning how the local charities that receive money are chosen.

“For the past six to eight years we don’t know what the process is so it’s not transparent,” he explains.

His proposal would call for a focus on three groups.

“So let’s look at maybe the most vulnerable in the community and help out those nonprofits. That would include homeless organizations, organizations that help children, and organizations that help the elderly for the most part. “

Naming a potential 11 charities like United Neighborhoods of Evansville, Young & Established, and Youth Resources just to name a few.

But that means organizations like the Vanderburgh Humane Society, the Children’s Museum of Evansville, and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra might not get the money they’ve received in the past.

That poses a problem for the executive director of the philharmonic.

“We would have to seek other funding,” Kimberly Bredemeier, says.

Every year there are free youth concerts for local elementary students.

“We want to continue to make these free concerts because we believe that giving students an opportunity to see music your music be involved with it in to get the education behind it helps them become effective leaders.”

Other names that could be knocked off the list are the Evansville Museum, Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, WNIN, Reitz Home Preservation Society, Children’s Center for Dance Education, and Leadership Everyone.

Weaver says what it boils down to for him is simple.

“To make the process more fair and more transparent.”

The council will hear the proposals for the first time Monday, but there won’t be a vote until March 9th.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 23, 2020)

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