Mayor Stimpson: 2015 Budget changes

Mayor Sandy Stimpson

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA)- In a letter sent Friday to the Mobile City Council President Gina Gregory, Mayor Sandy Stimpson says he is withdrawing his idea of working with the United Way and the Community Foundation of South Alabama to help fund non-profit agencies that would have been losing city funding.

In the letter, the Mayor says his change of mind is because of the way these agencies are being criticized.

“It was not my intent to have these fine organizations called out into the carpet and have their integrity questioned,” said Stimpson in the letter to Mobile City Council President Gina Gregory.  “The unfair barbs being thrown at both of these organizations and their leadership are ridiculous and unnecessary.”  The Mayor also stated in the letter “We cannot afford to affect their business models, fund-raising campaigns, or the incredible impact they have in our community.”

In the Mayor’s proposed 2015 budget, the United Way of Southwest Alabama, Inc./Community Funding was to receive $1.2 million dollars of city money as a cushion to help non-profits with the city cutting back on their funding.

According to city officials, that will no longer be happening.  Instead, Mayor Stimpson has amended his budget proposal to include some of the non-profit agencies that this past week have worried about funding cuts.

In a press release to Fox10News, the Mayor’s office sent out this list of agencies that will continue to get money from the proposed 2015 budget. Click HERE to view the letter.

o AltaPointe $100,000
o Bay Area Food Bank $40,000
o Big Brothers / Big Sisters of South Alabama, Inc. $40,000
o Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama, Inc. $125,000
o Child Advocacy Center $100,000
o Distinguished Young Women $50,000
o Drug Education Council $10,000
o Goodwill Easter Seals $15,000
o Gulf Coast Exploreum $150,000
o Housing First (Continuum of Care) $100,000
o Mobile Area Education Foundation $100,000
o Mobile Arts Council $35,000
o Mobile Azalea Trail $7,000
o Mobile Ballet, Inc. $10,000
o Mobile Bay National Estuary Program $20,000
o Mobile Bay Veterans Commission $4,000
o Mobile Botanical Gardens $10,000
o Mobile International Festival $10,000
o Mobile Opera, Inc. $10,000
o Mobile Symphony $35,000
o Mobile Theater Guild $4,000
o Mobile United $10,000
o National African American Archives $20,000
o People United to Advance the Dream $10,000
o SARPC – Agency on Aging $30,000
o The Mobile Pops $5,000
o Via! $100,000
 Change of General Fund Line Item Ladd Memorial Stadium from $200,000 to $250,000

While Stimpson has made the changes to the budget, he still maintains city government should not be in the non-profit supporting business.

“I believe the city’s core functions are: public safety, public works, city finance, strategic planning and economic development,” said Stimpson in this letter released to Fox10News.  “The city should not be a major funder of non-profit organizations when it cannot take care of its obligations to all of it’s citizens.”


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