Hamilton County will stop funding countywide economic development groupAugust 22, 2018
Hamilton County Supervisors will stop funding a county group that assists member communities.
On Tuesday, they told about a dozen people at an evening meeting in Stanhope that they will no longer include Hamilton Hometowns in the yearly budget, beginning Jan. 1, 2019.
Hamilton Hometowns was originally called SEED — Support Enriching Economic Development — which was started 30 years ago to support economic development in Hamilton County. Member towns pay a per capita assessment, but funding also comes from the county’s general fund. Although all nine towns in the county were originally members of SEED, currently only Ellsworth, Jewell, Stanhope, Stratford and Kamrar are members.
“For 30 years now, SEED has been an extremely active and vital part of the county, and many good things have come from that,” Supervisor Doug Bailey said. “But for some time now we have talked about if this is really the best use of general fund tax dollars that come from the entire county to be used just in the southern part of the county.
“We feel it is fair and vital to let this group know that on Jan. 1, 2019, we will redirect those dollars,”Bailey said.