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Beth Cortez-Neavel is a contributing reporter covering Travis County for the Austin Monitor. Beth works in words, data, photography and radio. She's a long-time Austinite living in the District 1 area.
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Council gets social services proposal
Friday, November 7, 2014 by Beth Cortez-Neavel
City staff members brought the controversial social services final contract proposal to the full City Council on Thursday. The proposal would allocate $16,065,227 to 40 different programs for the 2016 fiscal year. Some organizations continue to protest that the funds are not enough. The proposal would require the city to shift an additional $2,250,000 toward the contracts, which have been under discussion since January. Council Member Mike Martinez, chair of the Public Health and Human Services Commission, said the end result was a hybrid proposal based on the original scoring process and on previously existing relationships with organizations already receiving support for services provided to the public. Martinez urged Council to keep this proposal intact when it is brought up for a vote at the next Council meeting on Nov. 20. “If you move something, someone else is going to get cut,” Martinez said. “We just don’t have those funds. We have a finite amount of resources.”
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