Greenwood OKs funds for nonprofit, transportation agencies: Council seeks greater accountability, documentation of services provided

Greenwood won’t cut funding for senior services, bus routes, rides for dialysis patients and well-attended Christmas concerts.

The Greenwood City Council approved continuing to give about $95,000 a year to nonprofit and public transportation agencies, at least for the next year. More than 70 people attended a standing-room-only meeting, and most were interested in the council’s discussion of whether to renew funding to the same groups, fund new ones or withdraw any spending of tax dollars on those services.

The council decided to maintain the same level of funding it has provided for years, and decades in some cases.

With the approval, Greenwood wants more accountability over how that money is spent in the future. The council asked for more documentation of what services those groups were providing to the community, how much they were charging Greenwood taxpayers and what their finances were.

All the groups should make annual reports to the council in the future in order to continue to receive funding, council member Thom Hord said.

Council member Ezra Hill said he generally didn’t think it was appropriate to spend tax dollars on charity. Hill later said he didn’t object to any of the groups but didn’t think it was fair for the council to decide which charitable organizations deserve taxpayer funding.

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