The Rockwall City Council unanimously approved the funding of $21,500 to the non-profit Rockwall County Committee On Aging for their Meals-On-Wheels program at the Nov. 16 City Council meeting.
The Committee is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, according to Committee Director Margie VerHagen.
But is such funding actually “against the law?”
Former Rockwall City Council member Bob Cotti wrote Nov. 26 as a comment regarding the boat docks on GlenFarris.com, that he agrees with Glen that it is not the responsibility of any city to ensure that non-profits thrive or even survive.
But he also added:
“I agree with Glen. Not only is it not the City’s responsibility, it is against the law for the city to use its financial resources for other than municipal purposes.”
I suppose the question would then be how to define “municipal purposes?”
What non-profit funding is permissible and what isn’t? We need to find out.
The Rockwall City Council also recently approved about $12,000 in funding to the non-profit Kaufman Area Rural Transportation (KART), which provides inexpensive bus transportation to citizens of Kaufman, Rockwall and neighboring counties.
I’m told the Council provided about $1,500 to the non-profit Hubbard Chamber Music Series, as well, of which Council member Matt Scott is listed as an Advisory Board member.
The Council also pledged matching funds to an area arts group one or two years ago to help build a statue in Rockwall. I don’t know the current status of that fundraising effort but need to find out. Please email me with details if anybody knows.