Thursday, March 27, 2014

To Fund or Not to Fund

Laurie Nowak (D) District 6, posed some very good questions and had some very insightful comments regarding the precedent being set by allowing a nonprofit free rent at the DuPage County Campus.  Josephs Academy is not the only nonprofit struggling to meet their financial obligations.  Are there other nonprofits that could benefit from not having to pay rent?  Is there more space available for other nonprofits that are facing similar financial situations? No one is questioning the value of the service that Josephs Academy provides, rather it is the fairness of this arrangement to other nonprofits and the  taxpayer.

Ms. Nowak asked that the county adopt a policy to avoid this situation in the future.  No, the county will be handling these types of situations on a case by case basis, was the response.

A  policy with guidelines that ensures consistency, while maintaining accountability and fairness in the process is not a bad idea at all.

The Daily Herald reports

Loss of state funding hampers new DuPage school

Less than two years after moving into space at DuPage County’s former youth home, a nonprofit school that helps young people with severe behavioral, emotional and learning disorders is struggling to increase its enrollment. As a result, county officials have decided not to charge Joseph Academy rent through the end of September. They also have forgiven missed rent payments of about $12,000 a month dating back to November.

You can read the full story here.

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