Possible budget cuts to non-profit organizations in New Hanover county

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County has worked hand in hand with multiple non-profit organizations over the years.

However, a recent budget proposal could lead to thousands of dollars being taken out from their budgets.

“How can you come along and cut $15,000 out of my budget and other people’s budgets, that they’re counting on and break a contract that they already approved,” Lenny Simpson, One Love Tennis founder, said.

Many of the non-profit organizations assist troubled youth in the community and help the homeless population in the county.

Commissioner Skip Watkins says it is necessary.

“How many nonprofits are in the community that we can all support? You know, why is one more important than the other just because its on the list today,” Watkins said.

He believes some organizations haven’t done their part

“After a while, you have that increasing spending for various programs and sometimes it gets out of hand and in the last couple years, its gotten out of hand,” Watkins said.

But, Commissioner Jonathan Barfield disagrees and says he is going to do everything in his power to make sure funding stays with these organizations.

“To me they are an extension of county government in a sense they are able to provide services that we, as a local government, can provide. But also serving of ample service to the citizens of New Hanover County,” Barfield said.

Organizations like First Tee of Greater Wilmington which teaches underprivileged kids golf, will lose $10,000.

WRAAP, which offers program for at risk youth is losing $10,000.

And Good Shepherd Center, which helps the homeless, is losing $11,000.

Director Katrina Knight says it’s a blow to the whole community.

“Cuts are attractive but these kinds of cuts lead to more people being in crisis and when we’ve been in this spot before, community wide, the response has been a resounding ‘no-wait, this is not what we want,'” Knight said.

These organizations are concerned, asking the people to speak out and reach out to the commissioners to keep the funding the same.

June 19th is when the budget will be decided on.

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