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Pamela Gould reports on City Hall. You can reach her at 540-735-1972 or Robyn Sidersky reports on city schools. You can reach her at 540-374-5413 or

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City cuts could mean some services end

At 30 minutes in, all five speakers have been representatives of nonprofit agencies. So far we’ve heard from the Thurman Brisben Center, which was cut 15 percent in the proposed budget, Healthy Families, which was cut completely, the senior Visitors’ Program (cut completely, but the city social services department has recommended giving this group at least half of its request), the Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault (complete cut) and the Virginia Cooperative Extension (complete cut).

Some program leaders, including the Cooperative Extension, which oversees the Master Gardners program, and the senior visitors program, have said that without city money, they won’t be able to provide any programs in the city next year.

The Boys and Girls Club, which has filled council chambers with kids and parents wearing red Boys and Girls Club T-shirts, is now making its pitch. That group got $30,000 in city money last year, but is proposed to get nothing this year. This is another group to which the city’s social services department proposed restoring some funding. 

By the way, FLS reporter Amy Umble wrote a story in today’s paper about the challenges these agencies are facing and the difference in cost to prevent problems, as opposed to treating them after they happen. Find it here

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