The Putnam Museum is asking Davenport for $150,000 to help with operating costs.
It was a heated meeting in Davenport council chambers on Wednesday night as aldermen discussed a request from the Putnam Museum. Administrators are asking for $150,000 to help with operating costs.
This follows a request city leaders already approved for $100,000 to help with renovations for the museum's STEM program.
"They're asking for funds form public sector to help them get through tough time. To me, it's a vote by this council in support of Putnam Museum," Alderman Gene Meeker said.
So aldermen are divided.
"I think it's bad policy to amend this budget at this time, knowing financial condition the city is in," Alderman Ray Ambrose said. "We've asked city employees to make some pretty significant sacrifices over the years. I think this is bad policy and financially a little bit reckless."
Council members will discuss the topic again next Wednesday.