Senior lunches threatened by budget deadlock
“The federal dollars that are sitting in Sacramento aren’t dispersed until the state budget is passed, so they basically are held hostage,” District 2 County Supervisor Jim Chapman said at the board’s Tuesday, Aug. 14 meeting.
Though the deadline for the state budget passed on June 15, state Senate leadership has refused to vote on the proposed $145 billion budget the Assembly passed July 20 until spending cuts offset deficit spending.
Formal budget negotiations were scheduled to resume Monday, Aug. 20, according to an Aug. 16 story in SFgate.com “State budget pinch puts squeeze on kids, families.”
Lassen Senior Services receives about $20,000 a month in federal Older American Act funds distributed by the state to the PSA2 Area Agency on Aging. PSA2 is a joint powers authority of five counties Lassen, Modoc, Siskiyou, Shasta and Trinity.
Several attempts have failed to have the money automatically dispersed even if the state has no budget, Chapman said. Two legislators opposed to automatic dispersal are due to retire this year, so PSA2 members are optimistic the attempt will pass next year.
For now, though, cash will not flow until the state passes a budget. However, Lassen Senior Services does have enough funding to last through September, Chapman said.
LSS received $40,000 through the agency’s contract with the local transportation agency to provide taxi services until December for seniors and disabled people who live in Susanville.
The local transportation agency advanced six months of state transportation contract funds. If the legislature delays passage of the state budget beyond Sept. 1, Chapman said LSS may not receive its federal funding until mid-October or later.
He asked the board for a temporary loan to LSS out of the county general fund so the agency can pay its bills in October and November. When the federal money arrives, Chapman said LSS will refund the money back to the county.
He suggested the county contract with PSA2 to provide the month-to-month allocation to LSS. Then, Chapman said, PSA2 will reimburse Lassen County.
PSA2 officials may ask the county to forgive the loan or the advance Chapman said. Even if LSS gets all the federal funding, it will still short about $40,000 to operate the program because of increases in the cost of insurance, food, utilities and personnel.
“They are making an appeal to the community now to try to get donations and other funds to try to help cover the shortfall,” Chapman said, adding he was not optimistic the county budget can cover the shortfall.
The board directed County Administrative Officer John Ketelsen to set up a contract mechanism to advance the loan to Lassen Senior Services. Ketelsen said he will bring the actual paperwork back to a future board meeting.
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