Grants in aid proves sticking point at UCQC

The grants in aid budget was a topic of contention at the Union County Quorum Court this morning where several justices of the peace were split on the matter of charitable contributions made out of county funds.

Historically, the issue is one that has been heavily debated at each finance committee and quorum court meeting with half leaning heavily toward swift cuts to the grants with the belief that charity should be a personal decision, and others in favor of continued funding to relieve the county of services.

De-funded in 2012 based on monetary issues, according to Union County Judge Mike Loftin, Turning Point of South Arkansas will receive $5,000 out of the 2013 fiscal year budget — a $17.5 million document approved during today’s meeting.

The $5,000 approval brings the grants in aid budget up to $107,000.

See more in tomorrow’s News-Times.

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