At the May 31, 2011 session of its meeting that had begun two weeks before, on May 16, the Ann Arbor city council approved a resolution to allocate $1,244,629 in funding to nonprofits in the city that provide human services. At the same meeting, the council approved an amendment to its FY2012 budget that drew $85,600 from the city’s general fund reserve to increase the human services allocation.
The original $1,159,029 amount to be allocated reflected a 9% reduction from FY 2011 human services funding levels. The council had postponed consideration of the human services allocation at its May 2, 2011 meeting in order to explore ways of “finding another dime.”
The city’s support for human services is allocated in coordination with other entities: the United Way of Washtenaw County ($1,677,000), Washtenaw County ($1,015,000) and the Washtenaw Urban County ($363,154). The county board of commissioners is expected to give final approval to its human services funding at its June 1 meeting.
This brief was filed from the city council’s chambers on the second floor of city hall, located at 301 E. Huron. A more detailed report will follow: [link]