The Effingham County Tax and Finance Committee met Thursday, moving two requests for contributions to the full County Board for approval.
The first request came from Good Neighbors of Lake Sara. They requested financial support for the Lake Sara fireworks show, which will take place on July 3rd at 9:15pm at Lake Sara. Approximately 5,000 people are anticipated to be at the event. The County Board is expected to approve a $1000 contribution for the show.
A second request was for $750 to the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center. The center is under threat of being closed because of financial issues and they have reached out to area counties for support. This is the only juvenile detention center in the region that accepts juveniles with major substance related issues. Since 2011, 8 youth from Effingham County have been sent to the Franklin County center. These kids were sent to the center at no cost, saving Effingham County $14,000. It will first be determined if the $750 is available from the court’s restricted fund or from the probation departments. But if these avenues are not available, the Effingham County Board will likely make the contribution.