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Benton County Quorum Court and the Washington County HIV Clinic

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This week the Benton County Quorum Court slashed their spending dramatically (by half) for the Washington County HIV Clinic; Benton County has no clinic themselves.

Last year, the court agreed to pay $34,000 to the clinic, and officials said this was to be a one-time payment only - they wanted the clinic to be a self-sustaimning non-profit by this time.

Benton County JPs were shocked - shocked! - to discover that the HIV Clinic was not self-sustaining.  Reluctantly they voted to give them $17,000.

Paul Smith, a member of the Washington County HIV Task Force, made assurances to the JPs that non-profit status would be achieved by the end of 2009, and that the rest of the task force were hard at work finding funding.

Not good enough for the stalwart JPs. “No soup for you!”they cried, and cut off their funding after this years’s allotment.

Members of the general public, who aren’t familiar with non-profits and the constant chasing for dollars, may think this to be an entirely reasonable stance on the part of the Benton County Quorum Court.  On the face of it, it makes all the sense in the world.

But anyone - as I have, for example - who has worked with non-profits knows of the constant battle to stay afloat, especially in today’s troubled financial world.

After all, that’s why we have United Way.

But JPs aren’t members of the general public; we expect them to be more knowledgeable about such things when they open their mouths.

Unless these men and women are complete morons, there well may be something else at play here. Something too dark and dank to to be talked about in open meeting, but exists nonetheless. After all, it's pretty clear that Benton County won't take care of  their own residents who are HIV positive.

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