City Council Faces Money Decisions

The Meridian City Council met for a work session Friday, to talk about money.

Requests have been made by groups and organizations for contributions and grants in fiscal year 2011.

But officials say the city may have only $173,000 for this purpose. That's far short of the amount requested.

No final decision was made, but council members appeared to agree that the Meridian Transit System and EMBDC are at the top of the list.

"These are organizations that perform a direct service for the city and not just necessarily for the individuals out there," said council president Jesse Palmer, Sr. "But as a city function, in other words, if they didn't run these particular functions, then the city would be responsible for these type of activities."

Meridian's sales tax collections are down more than a million dollars from two years ago.

Palmer said the council intends to distribute what money it has to entities that have the highest level of return to the community.

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