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Council to Consider Funding for Local Non-Profits

‚ÄčAs part of the budget process each year, the Coppell City Council reviews applications and presentations from non-profit arts and service organizations directly serving the local community seeking monetary assistance from the City. The Coppell City Council will hear presentations from four local service organizations during the budget workshop scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, June 8 at Coppell Town Center, 255 Parkway Blvd. 

Council members will continue to follow social distancing protocols, and the meeting will be hosted virtually. Residents and those wishing to participate are encouraged to watch the live stream or view the recording at their leisure at coppelltx.gov. Those wishing to speak during the Citizen's Appearance portion of the meeting or to have a comment read into the public record should email their comments to citysec@coppelltx.gov or call 972-304-3669 by 2 p.m. on Monday, June 8. 

The City Council will consider requests in the amount of $242,880. Organizations asking for assistance include the Coppell Chamber of Commerce, Metrocrest Services, the Coppell YMCA, the Coppell Arts Council, and the Coppell Community Orchestra. The funding requests range in value from $2,060 to $90,000. 

"For many years, Coppell City Councils have considered funding for local non-profits that have a direct impact on Coppell residents as part of our budget process," said Mayor Karen Hunt. "Coppell residents can and do benefit from many of the services offered by local non-profits, and many of these organizations are seeing an increase in need due to the current climate. The City of Coppell provides monetary assistance to select non-profits to ensure our residents have access to essential services when needed to improve their quality of life."

If approved by the City Council, the funding assistance will go toward programs that have a direct impact on Coppell residents. Metrocrest Services, for example, is requesting funding in the amount of $90,000 to aid Coppell families in need of food, housing and employment assistance. 

"Why is the city funding a charity?" asked Councilmember Gary Roden. "That was my question when I started on council some years ago, and I think it's important to point out that in a city our size, there are just certain things that we can't do effectively. We really rely on charities to step in and fill that need."

During the workshop, Council will also discuss the Water and Sewer Enterprise Fund and other Special Revenue funds. The Water and Sewer Fund is the second largest fund in the City's budget, and it is classified as an Enterprise Fund because the cost of providing services is funded through user charges. In this instance, the money collected from residents and businesses in the form of utility payments is used to pay the Trinity River Authority (TRA) for wastewater treatment service and Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) for water purchased by Coppell. A portion of the revenue from utility payments is also used for the maintenance and upkeep of the City's water and wastewater system. This fund receives no monies from property or sales taxes.  

For more information about the budget, budget process or workshops, email clay@coppelltx.gov or 972-304-3690.