The Charleston, SC Council is considering the possibility of cutting funding to non-profits in order to pay for other public projects. Metro Council needs to consider the same thing in next year's budget. Thanks to Ben Cunningham for alerting me to this.
And on this subject, I would point out that "privatization" (as "privatizing public dollars") comes from the same root as "privation" or "losing or being cut off from basic quality of life." By privatizing our taxes, the Metro Council cuts citizens off from their broader services in order to patronize a narrow set of community leaders. Funding non-profits with tax dollars should be rare and difficult to do. Council Members should have to demonstrate under rigorous tests why funding a non-profit would be more suitable than funding our public services.