As a former Board member and Treasurer of the Grand Traverse Commission on Aging, I read with interest about their current financial difficulties caused primarily by lower millage income.
It seems to me every effort should be exerted to avoid a cutback in the hours of client services. That can only happen if income is increased and/or costs reduced. Mention has been made that greater use of contracting out of services would be considered. That would definitely save money.
However, I, along with a few others, encouraged the employment of contracting when respite care was introduced as a new service a few years ago. The director, staff and a board majority vehemently opposed such a move in spite of the savings it offered. Will strong opposition arise once again even in these times of financial challenges?
It would not surprise me.