More funding for Teen Center

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County > Reinstatement of original contract will allow increased staffing and programming

By Arin McKenna

In December, supporters of the Teen Center made a passionate appeal to the Los Alamos County council for additional funding in order to increase staffing, restore programming and to replace and maintain equipment.
Council voted unanimously to restore funding to the original contractual levels of $194,155, which will allow the center to maintain two staff on duty at all times and reinstate arts and music production programming that was cut due to the decreased budget.
The funding reduction was part of a county-wide effort to reduce the budget by 10 percent in response to decreasing Gross Receipts Tax revenues.
In its first two years of operation, the Teen Center’s actual costs came in well below the contractual allowance, averaging $168,689 for operating costs in its first year and $164,025 for both operations and equipment in its second year.
The county proposed a budget of $170,000 for the third year. Teen Center staff estimated they would need $181,165 in order to operate without reducing hours of operation, due to a three percent salary increase for staff and other factors. The county agreed to $180,000, and a contract amendment was signed.

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