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Columbia Access Television and the 2016 City of Columbia Budget

Hello CAT members and supporters of community media in Columbia!

Columbia Access Television (Columbia's PUBLIC VOICE) is expected to receive $50,000 in City funds in fiscal 2016 -- down from $100,000 this year and $200,000 for the previous five years. We are grateful for the continued support from the City of Columbia, which allows CAT to maintain low fees and collaborate with nonprofits throughout our region.

The City Channel (Columbia's GOVERNMENT VOICE) will receive nearly $400,000 in fiscal 2016. All this, while the City continues to receive substantial amounts of cable-franchise-fee funding from local cable providers -- the City's projections indicate that they expect to receive more than $600,000 per year for the next three years from local cable companies.

Long & short? Your City leaders may vote in favor of a 2016 budget that gives $400,000 to the GOVERNMENT VOICE, and $50,000 to CAT, the PUBLIC VOICE. Is that okay with you?

CAT IS COLUMBIA'S PUBLIC VOICE. If you believe the City should support the PUBLIC VOICE in addition to its own government voice, tell your city representatives!

What YOU can do to help

Add Us to Your Calendar - Show your support IN PERSON:

  • MONDAY, SEPT. 21 - Meet at CAT's downtown space (23 N. Tenth Street) at 6:30pm to walk over to the 7 p.m. City Council meeting, listen in and speak up.

Share Your Stories - Contact your mayor and city councilperson