April 16 workshop set to mull guidelines for nonprofit contributions

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 02:07 PM.

The council agreed and, following Gordon’s motion, unanimously approved scheduling the April 16 workshop.

The recently seated new council members and their immediate predecessors agree that all the requests so far received are worthy, but questions of how responsible stewardship of public tax money can be reconciled with supporting a cause have arisen.

At Councilman Tom Gordon’s recommendation, groups must complete a detailed request form through City Clerk Betsy Roy that affected department heads use to determine the cost to Crestview taxpayers of providing the services.

Earlier requests for free use of Old Spanish Trail Park came from local Relay for Life organizers and an area church that provides free school supplies for children during a summer event.

In some instances, groups have requested free Public Works and Recreation Department labor to provide services such as rigging banners, setting up chairs or running electricity.

Want to go?

The Crestview City Council will have a public workshop to discuss fee waivers and event insurance for non-profit organizations seeking to use city facilities. Mobile and itinerant vendor guidelines will also be discussed. The workshop will be 3-5:30 p.m. April 16 at the City Council chamber in City Hall.

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