ALPENA - The Alpena County Youth & Recreation Committee went through 46 funding requests one by one on Tuesday to decide which projects will receive an allotment of the $625,000 collected from the local millage. For each request the committee used rankings previously given the requests and after discussions memberss would come up with a preliminary amount. Some proposals will be granted the full amount requested, while others will receive only a portion or nothing at all.
Board Chairman Tony Suszek said the amount of requests for 2013 funding jumped from 26 to 46. He said the committee has studied each proposal and once it comes to agreements on each, a recommendation will be made to the full board of the Alpena County commissioners.
"The meeting tonight is to allocate funds to the needy groups," Suszek said. "We came up with a higher amount of money than we had last year, but the number of requests also got a lot higher. It just goes to show the need out there. We have requests for over $1.2 million, but we are only going to be able to distribute at the most $625,000."
After an initial amount is agreed upon for all of the proposals, the board will go back and make any adjustments, up or down, in the amount if needed. Suszek said the quality of the projects requested are all worthy of funds. He said it is an example of how the local tax has helped provide people of all ages and interests an opportunity to enjoy recreation in some form in Alpena County.
"This millage is really helping the community so much and it is really going to start seeing a lot of things that have happened," Suszek said. "The money from the last two years has already had a positive affect on the community and the applications and proposals have really gotten more creative and detailed, so I expect more great things again this year and next."
A full recap and a list of the committee's selection for funds will be in Thursday's edition of The News.
Steve Schulwitz can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 358-5689.