Jackson County legislators are weighing $4.39 million in requests from outside agencies but have just $2.5 million in the county’s 2013 budget to give them.

For several hours Tuesday, representatives of more than 40 agencies made brief presentations, thanking legislators for past support and asking for more. The $2.5 million is part of a proposed $300.82 million overall county budget. That’s down from $309.41 million for 2012, as the county has faced state funding cuts and officials have ruled out raising taxes. Legislators are expected to approve the final budget Monday.

Among the agencies asking for help:

• Swope Health Services, which has facilities across the county, including two in Independence. Like many agencies – particularly those in health – officials made the argument that a little money for basic health screenings and preventive care keeps people away from more expensive treatment – often at taxpayer expense – later.

“A small amount of money goes a long way in helping Truman,” said Jim Nunnally, referring to the county-supported Truman Medical Centers.

Swope is asking for $322,843, up from $321,109 this year.

• The NorthWest Communities Development Corp., which runs a senior center with meals, exercises and other activities in the Fairmount area of Independence. It also runs Meals on Wheels and is looking to expand that into Sugar Creek. It has a bus that brings people to the center and gets people to the doctor’s office. About 40,000 people live in its service area – one-third of them elderly and many facing nutritional issues.

• A number of social service agencies in Kansas City, such as Operation Breakthrough near 30th and Troost.

“We have kids that go home to no food on the weekends. .... And these are moms that work every day,” said Sister Berta Sailer.

It got $61,585 this year and is asking for $60,108 for 2013.

• Harvesters, which supplies food banks across the metro area. It’s asking for $80,000, up from $60,000.

• The University Extension Service, which county governments in Missouri are obliged to support. The local offices – one in Blue Springs, one in Kansas City – are asking for $245,870, up from $215,980 this year. Officials said every dollar in local money they get brings in $12.10 in matching state and federal funds.

• The Truman Library Institute, which is asking for $20,000, the same as in 2012. That pays for the library’s “The Bus Stops Here,” program, which this year brought 4,000 students to the library, from every school district in the county.

• The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, which serves 1,000 youths a day. Four of its five locations are in Jackson County, including two in Independence. It got $44,460 this year and is asking for $68,870.

• Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, with it main facility on Hospital Hill in Kansas City, its new clinic in Independence and facilities elsewhere across the metro area. Lou Edwards, governmental relations manager, said Children’s Mercy has “these outreaching arms in the region” but still sees most of its patients from Jackson County. It’s asking for $900,000, up from $430,000.