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City of Merritt not interested in bypassing grant-in aid process for the Nicola Valley Arts Council.

The Nicola Valley Arts Council was requesting to become an annual line item in the city's budget, in order to increase their financial security, and eliminate the need to submit a grant-in aid application every year.

That request was denied at Tuesday's regular meeting, with Mayor Neil Menard explaining that its a slippery slope.

"We tried it before, and we found it's very dangerous for us to do that. Take the rodeo association for example, they come to us every year, so why can't they do the same thing, or any other organization for that matter. I think having them apply for the funds annually is good for us. It allows us to hear exactly what is happening with the organizations."

The Nicola Valley Arts Council were seeking between $10,000 and $12,000 annually, which would then be matched by the BC Arts Council.


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