At their meeting Tuesday, the Johnson County Commissioners approved the recommendations from the One Percent Committee to fund various entities, minus the committee's recommendation to fund Arts Along The Bighorns.
Arts Along The Bighorns, AABH, the parent organization of the Cowboy Carousel committee, had applied for funding to help them refurbish the Buetler Building on Lobban Street to use as a community education and meeting center. None of the funding would have been used for the carousel, according to Bob Snowden of the One Percent Committee, explaining the reason for the allocation was the committee's belief that the money would benefit everyone in the community, not just a small target group associated with the carousel.
AABH had requested $26,900 from the city and $30,000 from the county in year one and $20,000 from each in year two. The One Percent committee had recommended ther first-year funds but had put a caveat on year two funds to be used only for a parking lot. If the money was not to be used for that, it would revert back to the city and county.
In a letter to the One Percent Committee dated April 29th, the Commissioners said although they normally respect the decisions of the committee, in this instance they had problems with the recommendation, including Arts Along the Bighorns claim that no public funds would be used for the project and then their subsequent request for One Percent Funding.
In the letter, the commissioners suggested if the committee wanted to adjust funding for other entities, they would need to make a recommendation before Tuesday's meeting.
What the city chooses to do with funding for Arts Along The Bighorns remains to be seen.
The entire letter from the county commissioners to the One Percent Committee can be seen here.