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CITY OF MELBOURNE, FLORIDA MINUTES – REGULAR MEETING BEFORE CITY COUNCIL APRIL 27, 2004

funding for the last two fiscal years. Since they have not been on the schedule for two years, they would not be able to apply again this year.

Ms. Suiter reported that the Art Festival just celebrated its 20th year. The Festival draws approximately 50,000 people to town and has an impact of over one-half million dollars. They do apply for a lot of corporate funding; however, the Festival feels that the City of

Melbourne should take part.

Ms. Suiter added

that by limiting the funding to past

recipients, many other worthy organizations concluded by saying the process seems unfair the cycle of at least being able to apply.

are and

also prohibited from the Festival would like

applying. She to get back into

Mr. Contreras agreed that the Melbourne Art Festival has been a contributor to the City of Melbourne. He added that other organizations have inadvertently been injured by virtue of the requirement of having to receive money for two years in a row. The Art Festival and others have been cut out and he does not believe that was the intent. Mr. Contreras recalled that several weeks ago (March 23 Council meeting) he recommended that the Art Festival apply for grants-in-aid money. That is why he asked to pull this item from the consent agenda.

Mrs. Poole said she has a problem with simply continuing with funding the same organizations. However, she feels that organizations that have big fundraisers, like the Art Festival, can make it. There are so many other organizations that don’t have big fundraisers that are doing things in our community. The City’s budget is tight and the Art Festival does have other means.

Mrs. Hand stated that the Melbourne Art Festival brings a lot to the City in the

economic value.

She said that Council needs to revisit this and find

assistance. The Art Festival is something we are proud of and

well known

all

we need to

do

over the our best

country – not just to give support.

a way Florida.

way of to give This is

Ms. Suiter commented that the Festival is more concerned about every other non-profit organization that may want funding. It is almost a matter of principal. The greater issue is that this action would prohibit anyone else from making application.

Mrs. Walker said that as we approach the new budget, we need to consider all agencies.

Moved by Buckley/Hand to add $10,000 for the Art Festival to the list, bringing the total

funding for grants-in-aid to $85,162.

Mr. Contreras said that Resolution No. 1727 is the bigger picture

.

Council may have

inadvertently injured other organizations by stipulating a two-year cycle.

Mr. Palmer

agreed and said that Council needs to readdress this issue. that the motion be withdrawn so that Council can consider meeting.

Mrs. Poole recommended the entire item at a future

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