Study on Contract Agency Funding

- An intern at the Broome County Legislature is working on a project that may help law makers when putting together next year's budget.

For years, one of the hot-button topics that gets debated is funding for contract agencies.

Examples of those organizations include Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park, and the Broome County Arts Council.

Initially, the agencies were slated to take an 18 percent cut from county support this year, but that figure was whittled down to 6 percent after a public outcry.

Intern Stephanie Allen, who attends SUNY Geneseo, is comparing Broome County's spending on the agencies with other counties of similar size.

"It has been very interesting to look at the way a lot of counties run. One thing I've learned from this project is that there's not a size that fits all to all counties, that each county runs itself differently," said Allen.

Allen's report is expected to be released next month.

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