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COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 2011 budget for Whitley Countyâ€™s chapter of Drug-Free Indiana will find its way in front of the Whitley County Council Tuesday.
The programâ€™s coordinator, Nancy Prickett, presented the proposed budget to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners Jan. 18.
â€śThe funds available for distribution in 2011 are $45,000 said Prickett in a letter submitted to the commissioners and made available for the councilâ€™s Tuesday meeting.
Prickett announced the money would be distributed for prevention/education, treatment, justice and administrative costs.
â€śWe have to divide it up equally among the four categories,â€ť she told the commissioners.
According to Prickett, the organizationâ€™s finance committee met in December to decide where the money would go.
Whitley County Drug Free Indiana requested $64,663 for 2011, receiving a portion of that.
As a result, several programs which were slated to receive money were short-changed.
Prickett was asked by the commissioners why the Troy Center, slated to get $2,642 in the proposed budget, was cut in the final tally.
Prickett said in the centerâ€™s request, the money was earmarked for exercise equipment.
She told the commission the finance committee couldnâ€™t justify the purchase as being related to drug abuse prevention or education.
Also eliminated from disbursement was the Anthony Wayne Council of the Boy Scouts, which requested $2,000.
The $45,000 comes from user fees collected throughout the year from those involved with drug or alcohol offenses.