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Debate over Dunedin group grants leads to heated exchange between city commissioners



DUNEDIN - Things got emotional this week as Dunedin City Commission members debated how much money to budget next year for outside organizations.

The months-long discussion over how much the Dunedin Fine Art Center and Dunedin Historical Society should receive led to a verbal tug-of-war between City Commission members Julie Scales and Julie Ward Bujalski during a budget workshop Tuesday.

Commissioners ultimately came to a compromise, which included reallocating some of the cash funding for both groups as in-kind repair services by city employees.

In all, the art center is slated to receive more than $42,000 in cash and over $69,570 in repair services under next year's proposal. The historical society would receive a $58,800 cash contribution and $32,370 in in-kind services. The commission also agreed to extend cash support to several new groups and programs.

But that common ground followed several minutes of terse debate between Scales, who wanted to maintain the current level of cash funding to the center and historical society, and Bujalski, who said the city is in a budget crunch.

You can read the details of the debate and the final agency funding decision here. Video of the Aug. 9 budget workshop is at this link.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:13pm]


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