The director of central Illinois' largest agency serving older adults says going over the fiscal cliff would have a huge impact on services for the aging. Mike O'Donnell with the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging says the cumulative impact of an 8% cut on top of regular prior cuts of 3% to 5% would mean key services will suffer.
"We've already incurred reductions, made that sacrifice. Our funding has been on a steady decline over the past ten years."
O'Donnell says funding for congregate meals through Peace Meal will be cut. The agency helps fill the gap between the suggested $7 donation for a meal and the $25 cost. Also at risk is funding for rural public transporrtation provided by SHOWBUS. The cuts represent $300,000 of the agency's $9 million annual budget. The Area Agency on Aging serves about 6,000 older residents in 14 central Illinois counties.
(photo courtesy East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging)
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