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From: spyvster123@yahoo.com (spyvster123@yahoo.com) To: NorthbrookNeighbors@yahoogroups.com; Date: Tue, April 5, 2011 2:20:19 PM Cc: Subject: [NorthbrookNeighbors] Fw: Funding Alert - Time Sensitive Request
Sent from my V erizon Wireless BlackBerry From : Kim Umberger <umbergek@qacps.k1 2.md.us> Sender: kimberly .umberger@qacps.org Date: Tue, 5 A pr 201 1 1 3:59:1 5 -0400 T o: Kim Umberger<kimberly .umberger@qacps.org> Subject: Funding Alert - Time Sensitiv e Request Dear Parents, Concerning the proposed cut for after school programming in the county budget, much has taken place since the last email I sent y ou. Partnering for Y outh (PFY ) presented the program history and status to the Local Management Board (LMB) in mid-March and three of the county commissioners attended. The LMB board members and the commissioners agreed on the importance of after school programming and their desire to continue its serv ices. Howev er, the commissioners said the cut of after school funds would not be reconsidered due to the current county budget status and additional cuts in the county will need to be made in order to balance the budget. That said, a discussion took place about using "Earned Reinv estment Funds" for the after school program. It was proposed to inv estigate requesting these funds av ailable to LMBs from the state gov ernment. Upon inv estigation, the funds' specific requirements hav e become an obstacle. The first requirement is the funds can only be used for "one-time only projects." The local management board prev iously requested funds for PFY so an ex ception would need to be proposed and granted. The second requirement is a strong future funding plan which cannot be to look for more funding, the current status of the after school program. The LMB decided to wait to see how the county and state budgets are set before taking any additional actions on Earned Reinv estment Funds. This leads us back to asking the commissioners to reconsider the proposed cut of after school program funds which I did in an email last weekend. We appreciate all of y ou who sent emails or phoned y our commissioners ex pressing y our desire to continue after school programming in Queen Anne's County after our first request. We also appreciate ev ery one who spoke at the commissioner's public budget meeting last night in support of after school programming. If I were to summarize most of the comments at the meeting last night I would say the citizens of Queen Anne's County would like the commissioners to look into way s of generating rev enue rather than cutting the serv ices that make this county a great place to liv e. We are requesting y ou to take action again in a final attempt to rev erse the $1 00K cut of after school program funds from the county budget. If y ou contacted them before, we urge y ou to do it again as the final budget recom m endations of the sustainability task force will be presented to the com m issioners on this T hu rsday , April 7 th at 7 :00pm . Below is a message composed for your convenience. Please change anything you wish and add your personal experiences with PFY. Thank you in advance for your time and effort. We appreciate your support so we may serve your children. Kim Umberger Program Director To speak or leave a phone message for the commissioners, call 41 0-7 58-4098.

To email, copy the follow ing email addresses into the “To:” section of your outgoing mail to send to Steve Arentz, Phil Dumenil, David Dunmyer, Bob Simmons, Dave Olds and Gregg Todd (county administrator):

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Compose your ow n message or add your thoughts to the message suggested below by copying it into your outgoing mail:

Dear Commissioners and County Administrator,

I am writing in support of the Partnering for Y outh After School Program. It has been brought to my attention that the "Earned Reinv estment Funds" through the Local Management Board, thought to be an option to fill in rev enue lost by the county cut, does not appear to be a v iable funding source for the after school program. Giv en this news, I restate the importance of reconsidering the proposal to cut after school program funds from the county budget. The $100,000 from county government sends a powerful message to potential private, state, and federal sources, proving our county is fully invested in supporting after school programs in Queen Anne's County. Please help PFY keep the program going. Thank y ou for y our consideration.

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