The Marion County Commission has dedicated more than $175,000 to outside agencies for the next fiscal year.

The bulk of the money allocated is for agencies the commission is required by statute to fund, as in the case of the Benedum Airport Authority, the Marion Regional Development Corp. and the Marion County Health Department. But some of the money is for specific community projects, such repairs to community buildings and funds for a summer concert series at Pricketts Fort State Park.

The commission approved the final list when it met Wednesday, and the allocations will be included in the 2006-07 fiscal year budget, which begins July 1.

The following is a list of the allocations approved by the commission, which total $177,660.

Marion County Health Department, $57,000 — Funds general operating expenses of the health agency.

Marion Regional Development Corp., $26,000 — The county regularly funds the MRDC, which is considered the economic development arm of Marion County.

Benedum Airport Authority, $25,000 — Both the Marion County and Harrison County commissions contribute $25,000 annually to the authority as part of its $665,000 operating budget.

Marion County Rescue Squad, $25,000 — The commission annually funds the agency, which provides pre- and post-hospital transports and emergency services.

Marion County Solid Waste Authority, $12,000 — The money will be used to continue the SWA’s recycling program in the county.

Marion County Historical Society, $6,000 — General operating expenses for the promotion of history in Marion County.

Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation, $6,000 — To be used toward the 2007 Art in the Park Summer Series.

Main Street Fairmont, $5,000 — For operating expenses of the organization that promotes economic development within the context of historic preservation in the downtown.

Mannington Main Street, $3,000 — The money will be used for the Joel McCann Memorial Trail to fund what isn’t covered by a recreational trail grant.

Marion County Habitat for Humanity, $2,160 — The organization will use the funds to pay for administrative property acquisition costs.

West Augusta Historical Society, $2,000 — The money will be applied toward painting and other repairs at the museum and round barn in Mannington.

HOPE Inc., $1,500 — The funds will go toward the cost of a night case manager for the domestic and sexual abuse shelter.

Middletown Community Center Association, $1,500 — The MCCA is using the funds to build ADA-accessible bathrooms.

Fairmont General Hospital, $1,000 — Education and screening of breast and cervical cancer for lower-income women.

Operation Image, $1,000 — The funds are used to keep the grass maintained on the interchanges of the Downtown and South Fairmont exits of Interstate 79.

Marion County Breast Cancer Coalition, $1,000 — The donation will help fund activities for the 2006 Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

The Arc of Marion County, $1,000 — Contribution to the Special Olympics program in Marion County.

Tri-County Horseshoe Club, $1,000 — The money will be used toward the 25th annual Head-of-the-Mon Horseshoe Tournament.

Winfield Community Improvement Association, $500 — The funds will be used toward roof replacement costs for the community building.

E-mail Misty Poe at mpoe@timeswv.com.

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