Cheatham County will again donate more than $22,000 to non-profit organizations in the county and as much as $75,000 to three other groups that impact the county.
The county commission unanimously approved the donations at a recent meeting.
The donations are part of the county’s annual budget, which did not require any property tax increases for the second year in a row, according to Cheatham County Mayor Kerry McCarver.
Six nonprofits will receive a total of $22,500. The Mid-Cumberland Human Resources Agency will receive the largest donation from that group — $8,087.50 – for assistance in Meals on Wheels and Transportation Services programs for the elderly and disabled citizens in Cheatham County. The amount is the same as last year’s donation.
The other nonprofits which will receive a donation are Centerstone Regional Mental Health Center ($7,500); Imagination Library ($3,000); The Ark Community Resource Center ($1,912,50) The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry ($1,000); Leadership Cheatham County ($1,000). The donations to those groups are funded by county taxes.
The commissioners also approved a donation not to exceed $25,000 to three other groups — the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Cheatham County, Industrial Development Board of Cheatham County and the Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce (to promote tourism in the county). Last year each of those groups received $45,718.60, which was 22% of the county’s Hotel/Motel Tax.
Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency Executive Director Jane Hamrick said that the county has donated to her organization for many years to provide meals and transportation to elderly and disabled residents.
She said that the funds from the county enable MCHRA to provide over 1,000 meals annually, as well as helping to match the organization’s state and federal public transportation.
“We have worked with amazing county mayors over the years, and they are dedicated to wanting to help the vulnerable seniors in Cheatham County,” Hamrick said. “We knew the county would want to help us serve more meals and keep the vans running.”
McCarver said any organization seeking funds can approach the county commission in March each year.