Center for Seniors Tight Budget

by Emily Baird on October 26, 2009

The Muskingum County Center for Seniors is requesting funding in the amount of 235 thousand dollars.

Executive Director, Terry Dunn, met with County Commissioners this afternoon to sign the Title 3 and state block grant.

Dunn says the papers will then go to an area agency in Byesville so the Center for Seniors will be reimbursed for each meal and mile and transportation it provides.

Dunn says the budget is tight, but the community needs the services the Center for Seniors provides.

"Many of our home meal people, they do not see anyone else during the week, but our meal drivers. So, that program-above all-is our most important program that we have, " says Dunn.

Dunn says if things do get tight, the county commissioners have offered help, but Dunn says they only want to use that help as a last resort.

"We want to try to stand on our own two feet. We’ve been very conscious with our money. We’ve been very good steward’s with out money, and we would like to make sure that we do the right things and don’t have to go asking, " says Dunn.

Dunn says they plan to look for additional funding elsewhere, maybe through other grants.