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In total groups are asking for over $929,000, an increase of $152,000 over last year.

Monday the Fort St. John Library, North Peace Regional Gradfest Society, the Fort St. John Lions Club, North Peace Justice Society, North Peace Historical Society and the North Peace SPCA all made presentations.

The Fort St. John Library is looking for a $30,000 increase in 2012 that will see the Library get $410,000 from the municipality.  Several councillors asked if the group had approached the Peace River Regional District for funding as they believe the Regional District should help fund groups and organizations that work with people from outside of the city.

Mayor Lantz believes that if a facility or service is used by everyone in the region, then it is important there is a balance between the contribution city residents make and the contribution regional residents make.

As a Director with the Regional District, Lantz believes the District can come up with the money to support these groups. 

As for the Library, 49 per cent of their users come from the Regional District and the District provides approximately 13 per cent of their annual funding.

The remaining Base Budget Grant meetings will take place on October 24, and 31 at 2:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers.  All meetings are open to the public.

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