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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • County refuses Sunflower RC&D request for funding

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  • Dollie Mathes and Teresa Mandeville approached Pratt County Commissioners this week looking for a little more support than they have received in the past. In previous years Sunflower Resource Conservation & Development Area, Inc. has received a $750 allocation form Pratt County… this year they are asking for $10,000.
    Last year Sunflower RC&D lost all federal funding and they never received any state funding, lost their executive director due to funding and lost support for their recycling program.
    Sunflower RC&D has been charging 25 percent of the funds collected from the recycling program for what commissioners figured out was making a phone call. Pratt County decided they would go direct with their recycling materials and cut out the middleman.
    Sunflower RC&D is also involved in PCC Range Management class revisions, Sunflower H20, Kansas Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, South Central Kansas Residue Alliance, South Central Kansas Tourism Region, as well as the recycling programs in their eight county region, according to Mathes and Mandeville.
    The agency is proposing a $138,419 total budget with each of the eight member counties kicking in $10,000. They want to hire an executive director for $65,000, who they hope will be able to raise funding for the various programs they want to support, an office assistant, a treasurer's assistant, and an office intern. The total administrative fees proposed for the program were $122,227, with $16,192 in general expenses.
    Their proposed business plan shows projected income of $95,450 and only then if all eight counties approve the $10,000 they are being asked to contribute.
    They expect $6,500 from an annual sponsorship, $6,500 from recycling income, $200 from sales, administrative fees of $1,500 and miscellaneous donations for specific uses in the amount of $750.
    Pratt County Commissioners expressed their regret the program was failing because of funding but felt they needed to conserve funding and keep the mill levy down in Pratt County as well.
    Commissioner Joe Reynolds said, "I think if we give it to them they will want more and more each year… $10,000 this year — $12,000 next."
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