Tuesday night, the Huntsville City Council awarded $5,000 to the Roxie Douglas Scholarship Foundation and Learning Institute to aid in mentoring and after school programs.
New councilmembers Joe Rodriguez and Andy Brauninger took issue with using taxpayer money to help specific organizations without directly asking taxpayers.
The City helps out with some funding for the Boys & Girls Club, the Good Shepherd Mission, Little Dribblers, SAAFE House, the Senior Center, and others. An application must be filled out for the finance department and the organization is looked at to see if it has a beneficial public purpose. City Manager Matt Benoit passed along that in his experience with other municipalities that this is common. The agreement with the helping organizations is also contractual.
The director of the Roxie Douglas Foundation, Carmen Irving, set the record straight on the benefit to local taxpayers–pay now or pay later . . . .