Village council members will vote May 18 on a contract to allocate $14,500 in each of the next three years to Canal Winchester Human Services.

Village council members will vote May 18 on a contract to allocate $14,500 in each of the next three years to Canal Winchester Human Services.

Councilman Bruce Jarvis introduced the legislation on April 20.

"It's been our tradition to provide funding to the Canal Winchester Human Services organization," he said.

Canal Winchester Human Services is a private organization that receives some support from the village. Before last year, money allocated to the organization came from a bed tax levied on rooms rented at hotels and motels in Canal Winchester.

Jarvis said 2008 was a "turning point" for the village and human services, which provides support to the needy and elderly in Canal Winchester. Village bed tax money is meant to help fund organizations and events that promote tourism, Jarvis said.

"It just didn't really fit the process," he added.

Last year, concerns were raised by council members due to confusion in the request from human services for funding that seemed to ask the village mostly to pay the organization's administrative costs.

Last fall, council members approved $14,400 in funding to human services but that money came from the general fund, rather than from bed tax money.

If council approves the legislation on May 18, human services representatives will be asked to take on more responsibility in reporting the organization's activities to the village in a monthly report for council.

Jarvis said Canal Winchester will seek "more active participation" with the organization by looking to add a village representative to the human services executive board.

"We are a significant contributor," he said. "We would like to have a regular seat on the board."

Penny Miller, human services administrative coordinator, said other significant contributors include local churches, Fairfield County United Way and private donors.

"This money from the village is very important, but it's equal to money we get from other organizations," she said. "In no way is it our biggest or our only (source)."

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