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City to drop cash grants, continue in-kind services for non-profit groups

Sherwood's non-profit organizations will no longer be receiving cash grants for their respective programs. However, those agencies are expected to continue receiving many of the city's in-kind services such as police providing security and support from the city's public works department.

During a Dec. 6, Sherwood City Council meeting, Craig Gibons, the city's finance director, said a prior Budget Committee meeting discussed suspending grants for all the city's non-profit groups, instead focusing on the value of the in-kind services.

City Councilor Robyn Folsom said while the city feels bad it can't help organizations like Loaves and Fishes, the Budget Committee and city staff was spending too much time determining what groups deserved grant money.

However, the city plans to continue providing in-kind services to those groups.

'It is a significant amount of money,' said Tom Pessemier, city manager pro-tem.

Because of a need to tighten its belt during last year's budget cycle, the city declined cash requests from 14 local non-profit groups ranging from $940 (Sherwood Charter School) to $17,000 (Robin Hood Festival). Still the city ended up providing up to $12,000 in in-kind services to the latter group.

-- Ray Pitz