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December 12, 2013

Delaware board takes steps to fill coffers

There was a changing of the guard after Delaware County business was tended to at the Board of Supervisors last regular meeting of the year Wednesday. Among other business, the supervisors agreed to resolutions targeted to increase county revenue through state and federal reimbursements to the social services. 

“The department is taking the approach of anticipating overspending next year by capturing revenue now and covering the expenses with future reimbursements,” said Social Services Commissioner Bill Moon.

The revenue will be applied to the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), youth training, a parent-aide program and employment-related services.

“The number of employable public assistance recipients has been expanding,” said Moon. “Delaware County has two locations at which to train employable people with the goal to re-attach them to the workforce.” One location is SUNY Delhi and the other is Delaware Opportunities.

The training services include professional teachers and a computer laboratory. If necessary, child care of the employable recipient is also an added expense.

“The resolutions were drawn up with the hopes that the final expenditures come in under the appropriations,” added Moon.

As for the parent aide program and transportation, Moon said: “The county is serving an unusually high number of over 100 foster children. However, we hope this is a peak number and it will start dwindling,” said Moon.

The board resolved to object to the use of Delaware County’s seal or logo on the state website associated with pistol permit recertification and/or the NY SAFE Act.

“The state needs to be held accountable for their own laws,” said Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills.

The sum of $29,028,648.08 was determined to be levied against the taxable property of Delaware County and credited by the county treasurer.

Sympathy was extended to the family of former Town of Deposit Supervisor, Lee Conklin, who died recently.

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