UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Fairfield Looks Into Its Payments to Charity

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fairfield Looks Into Its Payments to Charity

Fairfield’s government will distribute more than $800,000 in taxpayer money to outside organizations described in the budget as “miscellaneous.” Now a group of five Fairfield leaders are taking a deeper look at how that cash is spent — and whether it should be used at all.“We feel it’s very important to have a documented process and to follow it very specifically,” Board of Finance member Chris DeWitt said. DeWitt is chairman of the newly re-formed Not-for-Profit Subcommittee, which met for the first time Thursday night.
The “miscellaneous” section of Fairfield’s budget includes its backup contingency fund. But it also lays out contributions to outside agencies that get $5,000 to $300,000 from Fairfield’s taxpayers.
Some of those agencies are regional groups that Fairfield must support by state law, such as the Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority, which maintains the town’s public transportation system. Others are nonprofit charities, such as the Pequot Library, the Fairfield Museum and History Center and the Discovery Museum. READ MORE:

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