Social services cuts are up for discussion

By Corene Brisendine

City commissioners plan to review specific advisory boards, approve or reject recommended budget reductions to the Social Services Advisory Board and receive an update on the airport expansion and remodel during Tuesday night’s work session.

The commission plans to take action on the social services board adjustments. The commission advised the board to reduce its budget by 5 percent in July for the 2013 budget. The board has suggested that instead of an across-the-board cut, the city should eliminate the UFM Community Learning Center scholarship program, which received $3,000 in 2012. That money would then be redistributed to the remaining programs, creating an overall reduction of 4.2 percent. The total cuts amount to $18,675. Members of the social services board will be present to answer questions for the commission.

Commissioners also plan to evaluate the Municipal Band Advisory Board and the Special Alcohol and Drug Programs Fund Committee. They have scheduled a discussion about the elimination of the band board and will consider whether it is possible for the Department of Parks and Recreation to absorb the responsibilities of the board.

The commission also will examine the functions of the alcohol and drug program committee. Members of both boards will be in attendance to answer questions for the commission. No action is scheduled to be taken on these two agenda items.

The final item for the evening will be a look at the ongoing design and construction of the renovations to the airport terminal. Commissioners will receive an update on the final design of the new terminal. No action has been scheduled for this item.

The commission will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the commission room at City Hall, 1101 Poyntz Ave.

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