Naperville Council Re-examines SECA Grants

The Naperville City Council has made their recommendations as to which not-for-profit groups will receive SECA funds.

 After hearing from many of the groups vying for funds, which come from a one percent city-wide food and beverage tax, the council made their final recommendations, doling out the $1.9 million among over 50 groups.

While they agreed on most funding amounts, they discussed making changes to how the SECA grant process works in the future.

“I just think it’s gotten too expanded beyond its original purpose and I’d like to see us tailor back in, see what we can do with this money to have maximum impact, and do something heavy with this money, instead of giving out all of these small donations,” said Councilman Kevin Coyne.

Council asked the Advisory Cultural Commission to consider four items: whether there should be more long-term agreements with the city, if taxing bodies should be eligible for awards, if social service agencies should be considered differently than other groups, and if groups asking for money must reside in Naperville.

The council will vote on the final grant recommendations in April.

Also addressed at the workshop was the formation of a new mission statement for the City.

After a group exercise, they decided on the following:

“To provide services that ensure a high quality of life for our residents and a dynamic environment for our business community through collaboration, innovation and sound fiscal management.”

The mission statement will be formally approved at the Council meeting on April 5.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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