FLINT TWP. — A $16,000 allocation of Public, Educational and Government (PEG) funding to local school districts for cable channel access was approved by the Flint Township Board last week.
PEG funds are provided under an agreement with Comcast Cable Co. which returns a percentage of franchise fees to the community for public access TV programs.
Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools, Flushing Community Schools and Swartz Creek Community Schools each regularly receive PEG funds, after periodically complying with reporting requirements about how the funds are spent.
Township Clerk Kim Courts said each school district is up to date on filing appropriate written reports to be eligible to receive the funding.
PEG funds accrue quarterly. The recently approved disbursement was $7,000 to Carman-Ainsworth, $5,000 to Swartz Creek and $4,000 to Flushing, said township Clerk Kim Courts, in her request to release the funds.
C-A gets a bigger share because it has more Flint Township residents than the the other two. C-A routinely uses some of its PEG funding to support a student-produced news broadcast at the middle school. It is aired on Comcast Channel 17.
Courts reported a total of $22,484 available in the PEG fund.
Some PEG funds also are set aside to pay for videotaping of township board meetings,