The city has balanced the budget and almost finalized the money for special events and artwork through out the city. At a recent workshop, council members discussed the final allocations for the Special Events and Cultural Amenities (SECA) fund. The money comes from a city-wide 1% food and beverage tax.
Nearly $2.5 million were available for distribution. This year 89 applications were submitted seeking more than $3.4 million in grants.
The Naperville Advisory Cultural Commission first divides the funds and recommends the amounts to the council for a final decision.
One issue discussed: allocating funds to a statue of Joseph Naper, the town’s founder, to stand in the newly built Naper Homestead.
The council agreed to pull money from the SECA’s reserve fund to pay for the statue, leaving just under $50,000 in the fund.
Another topic under debate was whether organizations based outside of Naperville should receive funding.
They decided the benefit the groups bring to the community was more important than an address. Council will bring the SECA allocations to a final vote at a meeting in April.
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