Partner-agency allocations are a pretty small slice of a much larger city budget pie, but for non-profit organizations that live on tight margins, the funding can be critical.
That’s the case for the Smith Center for the Arts, Director Susie Monagan told City Council during a public hearing on the city’s proposed $27 million budget last week.
She told Council the Smith is “thrilled to be a partner organization with the city,” but is “very distressed to see the amount (we have been) cut over the past two years.”
The Smith received $11,000 in the 2018 and 2019 budgets and had asked for $21,000 for 2020. Instead, City Manager Sage Gerling’s administration is recommending a $5,000 reduction to $6,000 for 2020.