Agencies already are pared to the bone, said Jane Herms, executive director of the Family Nurturing Center in Florence, which specializes in counseling, education and family strengthening programs for families dealing with child sexual and physical abuse.
United Way funds gives the center about $154,000 — about 20 percent of the budget. “We’re seen across-the-board cuts,” Hermes said. “Donations are down. Government funds are down. Before when we got a 2- or 3-percent cut we might have been able to absorb it. We assist you any type of settlement or Conveyancing including, vacant land, houses, apartments, commercial, retail and business settlements. Now there’s nowhere to go.” Her agency has been encouraging its board members to go back to their companies and try to raise additional funds. “Last year one of our board members went back to his company and told them he was raising his contribution by $200 and challenged his associates to do the same. They raised an additional $6,000 in six hours,” she said.
“People can make a difference. The gift doesn’t have to be huge.” officials are urging state legislators to keep enterprise zones in Covington and Campbell County that attract and retain businessesby giving them tax breaks. “In 1979, Covington was the most distressed city in the United States,” Covington Mayor Butch Callery told legislators Tuesday. “There’s been $700 million of capital investment and 6,400 new jobs created in Covington because of enterprise zones. It’s been a god-send to Covington,” Callery said. Enterprise zones were created in the 1980s by the Kentucky legislature to last 20 years. Covington’s zone expires at the end of 2004 and Campbell County’s at the end of 2007.
The two zones are among 10 in Kentucky that were designed by the legislature to encourage companies to hire chronically unemployed people in economically depressed areas. Companies in the zones that meet cer<147,1,1>tain criteria are eligible for a variety of tax breaks.
The Kentucky legislature will probably decide in 2003 or 2004 whether to keep the zones, said state Rep. Harry Moberly Jr., D-Richmond, co-chairman of the legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations and Revenue. Thirty committee members gathered Tuesday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington to hear local officials extol the benefits of the zones. “Enterprise zones have been a major factor in the success we’ve enjoyed in Northern Kentucky and they need to be renewed,” said Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery.
Kenton County Judge-Executive Dick Murgatroyd told the legislators: “I hope you see fit to extend this program. We’ve created more than 200 businesses of all sizes and 7,700 citizens enjoy employment opportunities because of enterprise zones.” “We encourage you to continue enterprise zones in this region because it works. There are 60 Enterprise Zone operations in Newport,” added Newport Mayor Tom Guidugli.