The Ottumwa Courier

March 17, 2014

Iowa county official defends funding for his group


Ottumwa Courier

---- — SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Woodbury County Board chairman is defending more than $180,000 in county funding for the nonprofit organization he manages.

George Boykin told the Sioux City Journal (http://bit.ly/1gEZH2K ) that it would not be fair for Sanford Community Center to suffer because he's on the county board.

Boykin is the center's executive director. It operates after-school and summer programs for at-risk young people, as well as coordinates numerous outreach efforts.

Boykin says has never had a say in funding that goes to the center and abstains from funding discussions on it.

James Van Bruggen, of the Taxpayers Research Council, says it seems to him that the center is "getting favoritism, because they are getting six figures of money."

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com