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FAHEY WANTS LEGAL LIMIT PUT ON CITY FUNDING FOR GROUPS

Council Member at Large Eugene M. Fahey today proposed a law capping the amount of money the city gives in grants to cultural and civic groups and ruling out late applications.

Fahey put a resolution on Tuesday's Council agenda that:

Would limit the amount going for grants to 3 percent of the prior year's property tax levy. If such a law were in effect, the 1989-90 limit would be slightly less than $3 million. The Council Monday adopted a budget with 113 grants totaling a record high $3.175 million.

Provide grants only to "approved agencies," those that file an application in time for full review, including screening by a citizens committee. The 1989-90 budget includes 11 grants to groups that made last-minute requests but got no citizen-group review.

Fahey said his proposed City Charter amendment probably needs voter approval in a referendum.

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