Forsyth County approves $435K nonprofit funding

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — At their Sept. 10 work session, Forsyth County Commissioners approved the Social Services Committee recommendations for the 2014 Social Services Grant awards for local agency nonprofits.

The nonprofits will be given a total of $435,000 that was budgeted for the services.

“We did meet with each agency … and let each agency present,” said Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills.

Among the recipients: $140,000 was awarded to Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS); $60,500 for Court Appointed Special Advocated (CASA); $35,000 to the Forsyth County Child Advocacy Center; $75,000 for the Bald Ridge Lodge; $12,000 for Family Haven; $20,000 for Mentor Me- North Georgia; $17,500 for Children’s Center for Hope and Healing and $75,000 for Jesse’s House.

“This is the amount we had budgeted for these social services,” Chairman Pete Amos said.

Supporting Adoption and Foster Families Together was not awarded funds because they were given the lease on a new property adjacent to the Cumming Fairgrounds, Mills said.

“They were willing not to receive additional funds because of that and that way we had a lot more to give to CASA because they are going to have to provide a lot more advocates for these children,” Mills said.

ALSO AT THE MEETING:

  • Approved 4-1 (Commissioner Jim Boff opposed) to proceed with the swap to convert the variable rate bank note/bonds to a fixed interest rate of 1.78 percent for $29.6 million of the financing for the jail and courthouse project at a total cost of $781,000 and paid off by March 2016.

Finance Director David Gruen said there would be a pay schedule the county would enter with the bank.

  • Directed staff to modify the Forsyth County alcohol code to provide for the licensing of distilleries.