Operation Pride Suffers Budget Cuts

By: Laura Rogers Email
By: Laura Rogers Email

You only get one chance to make a first impression.

"If you're inviting your friends you want to impress them, you tell them to take this exit on Cemetery Road," former Bowling Green Mayor Johnny Webb said.

Operation PRIDE oversees several projects, but there's one they're particularly proud of.

"Our crown jewel is Cemetery Road," said Karen Hume, Operation PRIDE's Executive Director.

The state put $600,000 worth of landscaping into the Cemetery Road exit, then set up a contract with the city and county to maintain it.

"If Cemetery Road is not taken care of and that's one of the things we do - then if it goes away, then the state will come in, plow that up and concrete it over," Hume said.

Operation PRIDE is responsible for the upkeep of the Cemetery Road corridor and is one of the county services that faces severe budget cuts

Webb had the idea for Operation PRIDE and helped get it started in the early 1990s.

"We'd like to continue that effort on improving other corridors leading into Bowling Green. That's our goal for next year, providing the funding is there for us to continue on," Webb said. He also understands the dilemma of budget restraints.

"I’ve had some experience as an elected official, dealing with less and less money and people wanting more and more each year, needing more and more," Webb said.

Thirty-thousand dollars a year goes into the maintenance of the Cemetery Road corridor and a lot of that comes from sponsorships, but Operation PRIDE needs substantial funding to continue its beautification efforts.

"I hope that we can continue to keep our doors open because I don't know who will pick up and continue on doing those things we're now doing," Webb said.

Operation PRIDE is facing a cut of $30,000 less than it was given last year.

In 2006, PRIDE received $50,000 from Warren County. Now, it will only be allocated $20,000 from the county.

To find out more about Operation PRIDE, check out their website by clicking here and to view a complete list of county budget cuts, click here.


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