Proposed Mobile budget cuts nonprofit funding

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson released his proposed 2015 budget which includes an employee pay raise and a 400% percent increase in money for capital projects.

There’s also word that many non-profit organizations that received city money this year, won’t next year.

The mayor is recommending those groups find funding through the United Way and The Community Foundation of South Alabama, which are slated to get $1.2 million dollars from the city

“The United Way is set up to do that. You cannot imagine the amount of time we spent looking at all the information submitted to us for consideration and just the time consuming part of that, and when we realize there’s somebody better equipped to make that decision,” Stimpson said.

The Exploreum is one of the non-profits that could take a direct hit

“It’s not going to be good for tourism and downtown Mobile to see hours cut back and services cut back so it’s a tough decision. I know the mayor has some difficult decisions he has to make and we feel certain he’s using a fair amount of wisdom,” said concerned citizen Steve Weiss.

Mayor Stimpson said the Exploreum has had challenges with money in the past but he’s hopefully “they’ll figure it out.”

Boys and Girls Club funding cut

The Boys and Girls Club will also see some cuts this year losing 37% of its budget within the City of Mobile according to executive director Mary Zoghby.

“I think everybody is aware of the fact that we can’t operate because of the neighborhoods we are located and the income level of the people that we do serve,” Zoghby said.

Some other non-profits that could see a drastic change are The Penelope House and Child Advocacy Center.

A public hearing on the budget will be held September 2nd at 5:30 p.m.


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