Non-profits win, for now, in grant debate

A proposal to give most of Logan City’s Community Development Grant Money to city projects this year rather than to non-profit organizations will be turned over to a steering committee before a final decision is made.Municipal councilmember Holly Daines had proposed that 85 percent of the CDBG’s estimated $600,000 funding go to municipal projects such as sidewalks. Council member Dean Quayle agreed that money is needed for sidewalks but he said many non-profit organizations are in dire need during the current recession.”They have needs and they told me that their money is drying up from other sources,” Quayle implored the council. “I cannot believe that we can ignore some of the services that they give. “If they don’t give it, it comes back to the government to give it. And they do it much better than the government does.”The vote was three to two to go back to having a steering committee look at both sides again, and it came after passionate pleas were made by non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Cache Community Food Pantry and the Child and Family Support Center.Council members Holly Daines and Laraine Swenson voted against that proposal.

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