Recently the city doled out final allocations for those who applied for SECA funds, monies coming from a one percent city wide food and beverage tax, to go toward special amenities.
$2.4 million, that’s the amount City Council had to divvy up among the 89 applicants asking for SECA funds this year. The Advisory Cultural Commission had first crack at the allotments, whittling down the list to 74 contenders, and then sending their recommendations to Council for approval.
Bumped from that final list, the Naperville Municipal Band, who had made a $32,000 ask; money that could help fund their trip to Texas for a special performance. A request that was rejected.
“The bands request was for travel to go to Texas, travel is explicitly excluded to be eligible for SECA, so because of that the commission decided not to fund their request,” said Pam LaFeber, Naperville City Clerk.
But Council decided to make a one-time exception to the rule, awarding the band $25,000, half of their $50,000 asking price.
“We were hoping for a little bit more than that, but that’s good,” said Naperville Municipal Band Conductor, Ron Keller. “It isn’t 100%, but we’re coming close. City Council all were strong supporters of the band, so it helps when you’ve been around for 158 years.”
The group also dished out $25,000 each to the Naperville Woman’s Club, North Central College and the DuPage Children’s Museum, despite the commission’s recommendations for less, changes that resulted in them exceeding the amount on hand.
“It does seem like we will be in the negative a little bit, but we do anticipate some projects coming in under budget, but we won’t get that final number until July,” said LaFeber.
City Council members agreed this is one of their most difficult workshops, but feel they made a fair decision.
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