Gila County’s $84,535 will make it possible for the Payson campus of Gila Community College to start a cosmetology program in August.
Gila County Supervisors Mike Pastor and John Marcanti resisted approving a request for the funds at a May 6 meeting, tabling the issue until a May 13 special meeting.
At that special meeting, District One Supervisor Tommie Martin, who represents most of Northern Gila County and brought the issue to the board, said the college board approved putting $60,000 into the project.
The Northern Arizona Vocational Institute of Technology (NAVIT) came to the county with a “found” $40,000 a few months ago to launch the program. However, the money had to be spent by August 2014. That found money grew to $160,000.
Pastor said adjustments in the intergovernmental agreement with the GCC were made, including assurances the county would provide the $84,535 but no additional “in-kind” services.
Marcanti said his primary concern was answered when the amount of money from the county was included in the intergovernmental agreement.
The money from the county is coming from the Natural Resources Fund in the 2013-2014 budget, but is still called an economic development grant.
Following the meeting, GCC Payson campus Dean Pam Butterfield told Martin NAVIT is contributing another $20,000.
The cosmetology program will be offered in a modular building on the Payson campus of GCC.
An instructor has already been lined up and surveys show a number of students, including young people still in high school, are interested in enrolling.