Our View-April 10

District of Sooke community grants are not guaranteed

When the District of Sooke dispurses annual grant money, they have every right to ask for certain documents. They made some rules which they expect to be followed. The district has a budget of $223,757 for all community grants. That’s not chump change and it is the taxpayer who is putting that money into the grant pot. So. if council wants a report or a budget from any group, they should get it. Period. No arguments, no excuses.

The sense of entitlement from some people is pretty insulting. When going before council to ask for money to do whatever you deem important, don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

All of the groups and organizations who apply for grants have  worthwhile endeavors and they should all be treated the same. Play by the rules or suffer the consequences. That’s what council is there to do… ensure the taxpayers money is put to good use for the benefit of the whole community, not just a special interest group.

Service agreements are even more important because the associations/organizations don’t have to specify any particular project. Council funds those organizations and they don’t have to… they choose to. Just because a group was funded in the past, this does not guarantee they will be funded in the future, if the critera isn’t met, or if council decides to put taxpayers’ money elsewhere.

With money being tight and budgets even tighter, grants are harder to obtain from all levels of government. Be grateful for what you get, not angry about what you don’t get.

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