Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 22, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 08/22/2012


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Consider contracting

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.

Jim Compere

Grand Rapids

and Williamsburg