In response to recent inaccuracies published by a local newspaper, it is necessary to clarify that during their meeting on December 28, the Riley County Board of County Commissioners approved and signed an agreement with the City of Manhattan. The agreement allowed Riley County Community Corrections to accept a 2024 funding award from the City of Manhattan Special Alcohol Fund. Contrary to misinformation in the newspaper article, this grant, totaling $27,800, was not awarded from the county to the county, but rather from the City of Manhattan to Riley County Community Corrections. The funds, earmarked for adult ($23,500) and juvenile ($4,300) offender programs, will support drug and alcohol recovery services in the community, aligning with the grant agreement's outlined objectives.
Riley County Community Corrections has applied for and received funding from this grant since 2011 to support drug and alcohol services for clients. Both Riley County and the City of Manhattan have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing community well-being through targeted initiatives focused on alcohol and drug use recovery. Details of the 2024 CSFAB Special Alcohol Fund Grant Agreement are available starting on page 14 of the December 28, 2023 meeting agenda.
City of Manhattan Special Alcohol Funds are derived from State of Kansas liquor taxes. The State of Kansas imposes a 10% tax on the sale of drinks containing alcoholic liquor by clubs, caterers, or drinking establishments. Guided by City of Manhattan municipal code, the Special Alcohol Funds are mandated for the explicit purposes of "purchase, establishment, maintenance or expansion of services or programs whose principal purpose is alcoholism and drug abuse prevention and education, alcohol and drug detoxification, intervention in alcohol and drug abuse, or treatment of persons who are alcoholics or drug abusers or are in danger of becoming alcoholics or drug abusers."