The Monticello City Council Thursday adopted a pair of resolutions extending for one year contracts with the Drew County Boys and Girls Club and the Monticello Economic Development Commission.
The city will pay the Drew County Boys and Girls Club $20,000 this year to provide activities for area youth and pay the MEDC $273,483 to provide economic development services. Funding for those services were approved in the city’s 2012 one-cent sales tax budget.
The sales tax, which was approved by voters in 1997 and renewed in 2007 for 15 more years, is designated for economic development, youth activities, capital improvements, infrastructure, and “other lawful purposes.”
The MEDC has received funds from the tax since 1998 and the Drew County Boys and Girls Club has received funds from the tax revenue since 2003.
Execution of the Boys and Girls contract is subject to review by City Attorney Whit Barton, who had not fully reviewed it prior to the Thursday night city council meeting.
“Understanding that the Boys & Girls Club is in serious need of funding, we have talked about agreeing to approve the resolution with the understanding that our attorney has time to fully review it and OK it,” Mayor Allen Maxwell said prior to the vote.
The primary difference in the new contract and previous contracts is that the Boys & Girls Club will be required to provide monthly reports the the city council. Those reports must contain information about the club’s financial health as well as its programs.