FARMINGTON -- Representative after representative from different nonprofit organizations approached the Davis County Commission expressing their need for a slice of the federal dollars the commission has at its finger tips.
But with $742,000 available in Community Development Block Grant funds for fiscal year 2012-13, and nearly $1.43 million in requests from 23 groups and organizations, elected leaders anticipate there may be some disappointment.
The $700,000 disparity in what organizations want and what the commission has to allocate was part of the underlying theme of the 20-
minute public hearing held Tuesday at the Memorial Davis County Courthouse in Farmington.
The commission allowed agency representatives to provide their input. The commission is expected to award the funds at its Aug. 6 regularly scheduled meeting.
Centerville City Finance Director Blaine Lutz was among those addressing the commission.
The city, on behalf of the Pheasant Brook Condominium development and the low- to moderate-income residents living there, has requested $150,000 of the CDBG funds to repair damage from the Dec. 1, 2011, windstorm that was not covered by insurance.
The development sustained heavy wind damage that residents cannot afford to fix, Lutz said.
Centerville city has agreed to contribute $35,000 toward the repairs, while Pheasant Brook residents have agreed to contribute the same amount.
But an independent committee that ranked the requests for CDBG funding recommended the condominium repairs receive $40,000 in grant money, while the Davis Council of Governments, consisting of Davis mayors, has recommended that request not receive any of the funding.
Kay Card, director of Safe Haven Shelter, spoke about the shelter's request for $13,934 for salaries for a crisis intervention program the shelter provides.
The shelter, located in Kaysville, served 2,312 clients in 2011, according to its application.
The ranking committee and Davis mayors group have both recommended the shelter receive the full amount of its request.
The shelter is showing an increase in services, Card said, and a leveling of income, so there is never enough funding to address all the needs of the county.
"This is not a human service issue. This is a public safety issue," Card said of the services needed to provide shelter for those who are victims of domestic abuse.
Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn said determining which organizations receive the money is difficult. But he is impressed, he said, with how agency leaders are working to stretch what dollars they do have.
"I think you can see that we could use multiple more funds," County Commissioner Louenda Downs said.
With the demand for services up and funding down in this tight economy, agencies need to review their mission statements to prevent any duplication of administrative services, and to ensure there is no overlapping of services, County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said.