The York County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday to create a committee to make recommendations on funding allocations for nonprofits operating in the county.
The old system required the organizations to apply to the supervisors and then make a case for why they should be funded. The supervisors would consider the requests during annual budgeting and then allocate funds.
The new program will consist of five citizen members, one from each voting district. The committee is responsible for reviewing each funding request and then making recommendations to the supervisors.
The change was prompted by the supervisors during the most recent budgeting season. Supervisor Walt Zaremba began discussion of the issue at a May 1 budget work session after learning of a proposed $560 contribution to the Court Appointed Special Advocate program, a volunteer group that helps abused children navigate the court system.
“Giving them this level of money is a slap in the face,” Zaremba said, referring to the fact that York County’s budget proposal offered CASA $560 while James City County gives $17,000 and Williamsburg gives around $6,000 as an “embarrassment.”
After a discussion of the situation, Supervisor George Hrichak suggested the board devise a better way to allocate money to the groups. Supervisor Sheila Noll suggested a citizen committee.
To be eligible for consideration by the committee, the organization must fill out an application. Organizations must be nonprofits providing benefits to York County citizens.
“Sound management and strong fiscal accountability will be a major factor in evaluating funding requests,” according to the policy governing the new program.