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Impending budget cuts

Outside agencies are not part of county government but rely on money from county councils. However, as recession-pinched counties set their budgets for next fiscal year, they are cutting their funding of the agencies (1).

Lexington County



Agency This year       Requested ’09/’10     Awarded ’09/’10
Central Midlands
Council of Governments $126,406 $126,406 $126,406
State Museum $0 $100,000 $0
Clemson Extension Service $34,678 $67,489 $0
Cultural Council of Rich./Lex. $40,000 $40,000 $0
Platt Springs Armory $3,000 $36,525 $0
Parenting Partners $15,000 $20,000 $0
Batesburg Armory $3,000 $18,236 $0
Pine Ridge Armory $0 $17,640 $0
Dickerson Center for Children $15,000 $15,000 $0
Midlands Educ. & Business Alliance $10,000 $15,000 $0
Senior Resources $15,000 $15,000 $0
Babcock Center $15,000 $15,000 $0
Sexual Trauma Services $10,000 $10,000 $0
Aiken/Barnwell/Lex. Commty. Action $5,000 $10,000 $0
American Red Cross $5,000 $7,500 $0
Sistercare Inc. $6,000 $6,000 $0

Richland County

County Council is planning on a 5 percent cut to current funding for each agency (2).



Agency Requested ’09/’10     Recommended cut
Public defender $1,317,650 $65,882
Alcohol and drug abuse services   $600,000 $30,000
Senior Resources $302,406 $15,120
Capital Senior Center $159,600 $7,980
Discretionary funds $149,819 $7,490
Central Midlands
Council of Governments $140,155 $7,007
Community Relations Council $95,317 $4,765
Communities in Schools $67,164 $3,358
Clemson Extension Service $55,087 $2,754
River Alliance $53,295 $2,664
Sexual Trauma Services $48,746 $2,437
Columbia Urban League $47,500 $2,375
Business improvement district $47,500 $2,375
S.C. Adjutant General $30,535 $1,526
Keep the Midlands Beautiful $22,570 $1,128
Sistercare Inc. $10,746 $537
Regional park-and-ride program $10,074 $504
Appearance Commission $10,000 $420 (3)
Columbia Chamber of Commerce:
Military family aid $4,540 $227

(1) — ALL BUDGET DECISIONS ARE TENTATIVE

(2) — RICHLAND COUNTY COUNCIL HAS YET TO VOTE ON SPECIFIC BUDGETS

(3) — CUT BASED ON $8,398 RECOMMENDED BY RICHLAND COUNTY ADMINSTRATOR

SOURCES: Lexington, Richland County finance offices

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