- $14,000 for improvement to the Shelby Park Baseball Field, which is controlled by the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association (Rip Ryman [sits on NOTBA board], Jim Forkum [sits on NOTBA board], Diane Neighbors, David Briley, Mike Jameson, Lynn Williams)
- $5,000 for Nashville Inner City Ministry, Inc. (Ronnie Greer; opposed by the Metro's Legal Eagles because of Establishment problems).
- $1,000 for the Nashville Humane Association (Charlie Tygard)
- $5,000 for the Stand for Children Leadership Center (Briley)
- $9,500 for Ujima House, Inc. (Greer, Brenda Gilmore, Ed Whitmore)
- $10,000 for Aphesis House, Inc. (Greer)
I'll reiterate that I don't think that public support for private organizations is a bad thing. But why earmark all of that money to private groups when public services need it, too? Why choose a private domestic violence program when our police domestic violence task force can use the funds? Why should Metro pay the Humane Association money when Animal Control does not have enough resources to help control our stray dog problems? What are council members getting from these private groups in return for their largesse with our money?