Posted on Mar 5, 2016 by Matthew Umstead
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Funding cuts planned by the Berkeley County Council for the 2016-2017 fiscal year are much deeper for outside agencies than the 9.5 percent cut in the government's day-to-day operating costs.
The total amount of funding to outside agencies is to be reduced by $109,000 to about $1.6 million for the next budget, but multiple agencies are due to receive a 50 percent funding cut, including Safe Haven Child Advocacy Center, CASA of the Eastern Panhandle, CCAP Loaves & Fishes, Berkeley County Historic Landmarks Commission, Meals on Wheels, Interstate 81 Corridor Coalition, Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic and Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle.
Agencies more closely affiliated with the county government, such as the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority's recycling program, Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority, Berkeley Senior Services, Berkeley County Health Department and Berkeley County Parks & Recreation Board's general fund contribution each are to be cut by 10 percent.
The Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority was cut by 12.5 percent and the solid waste authority's litter control allocation was cut by 16.4 percent over the current 2015-2016 year, which ends June 30.