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Mill Race Center seeks city, county funding support

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Mill Race Center is requesting $100,000 in taxpayer-funded support to help pay for a new wellness program for seniors.

Half of it is being sought from the city of Columbus and half from Bartholomew County. But how much money, if any, Mill Race Center can count on from either is unknown.

The six-figure budget request comes after the center this year received $8,000 from the county and $19,800 from the city.

In budget presentations last week, county officials were lukewarm to the center's proposal. They requested more details about the center, its proposed wellness program and how the money would be used, Bartholomew County Council member Jim Reed said.

The Mill Race request is a "huge jump" from what the county has typically given the center, and the request is coming at a time when the county is strapped for cash, Reed said.

In Thursday's city budget hearings, Columbus City Council members learned that there is no designated funding for Mill Race Center in the proposed 2015 city budget.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's Republic.

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