FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) - The You Paid For It Team wading into the fight between the Florissant Rotary Club and Governor Jay Nixon over the State License Office in Florissant that gives all its profits to charities mainly in North County.
The Nixon Administration has decided to award the Florissant License Office to a for profit business in St. Charles instead of the not for profit Rotary Club in Florissant.
The Rotary Club has run the License Office for 24 years and as donated $2.3 million to North County charities during that time. The contributions include $10,000 to Ferguson when the tornado hit, $312,000 to the Florissant Sheltered Workshop, and $282,000 to the Margrove Home for neglected and abused children, among other charities.
The Florissant Rotary Club is mounting a battle to change the administrations mind. It has letters of support from State Senators, County Council Members, the Mayor of Florissant, and scores of North County organizations that help the poor.
The Nixon Administration changed the formula used to decide who should get the license offices. The new formula puts not for profits at a disadvantage and favors for profit businesses that will kick more money back to the State of Missouri.
Rotary Club officials say the $50,000 or so that would go back to the general coffers won't make that much difference in the multi-billion dollar state budget but that money does mean a lot to the various charities that are scrapping for every dollar they can get to help needy people in the North County area.