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NECALG board adopts 2011 budget PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Northeastern Colorado Association of Local Governments (NECALG) was held Dec. 15 in Fort Morgan.

A Resolution adopting the 2011 budget was distributed to the board of directors. Following are the highlights of the proposed 2011 budget:

—Executive Director Larry Worth noted that DOT Region 4 has prioritized the purchase of vehicles for County Express as a regional priority for FASTER funding. NECALG will receive $115,000 for the purchase of three wheelchair accessible minivans in 2011/2012.

—In 2011, revenue for NECALG will increase from $9,373,218 in 2010 to $9,436,898 in 2011. The total revenue includes increased funding for the Home Weatherization Program, increased funding for the Single Entry Point, options for Long Term Care Program, continuation of the Homeland Security grant, decreased funding for the Area Agency on Aging and elimination of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program.

—The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for the Community Services Block Grant was completed by Sept. 30. Unless Congress extends the ARRA funding, the pass through of $179,200 to sub-grantees will be eliminated from the 2011 budget.

—The ARRA funding for nutrition was completed in the spring of 2010. Unless Congress extends the ARRA funding, the supplemental budget funded by ARRA for nutrition will be eliminated for the 2011 budget.

—State funding for the Area Agency on Aging has been reduced, and the reduction of state funding could impact the nutrition program. Based on the state of Colorado deficits projected for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011 there may be additional budget cuts for the Area Agency on Aging.

—The Area Agency on Aging will participate in the Adult Resources for Care and Help (ARCH) Program. Funding for this information and referral and client assessment could result in about $30,000 for the Area Agency on Aging.

The budget reflects increased funding for the Home Weatherization Program and the Single Entry Point, Options for Long Term Care Program.

Expenditures for 2011 are balanced with the available revenue. Some of the most significant line items include the following:

—Wages: There will be an increase in the line item for salaries for the 2011 budget from $2,902,627 in 2010 to $3,056,176 in 2011.

The increase occurs because of the two percent wage increase granted to employees in July 2010 and projected through 2011. The new employees hired for the Home Weatherization Program are included in this line item.

There will be additional employees for the Single Entry Point Options for Long Term Care Program. In January the minimum wage will increase from $7.28 per hour to $7.36 per hour.

Adjustments for the increase in the minimum wage have been included in the 2011 budget, but the 2011 budget does not include an across-the-board increase driven by the minimum wage.

—Since benefits are budgeted as a percentage of salary, the increase in the line item for benefits will increase from $867,814 in 2010 to $919,394 in 2011. The Health Insurance from CEBT will renew in May 2011. The 2011 budget projects an eight percent increase in the cost of health insurance.

—The cost of fuel will increase in 2011 and NECALG is budgeting $3.25 per gallon. With the increase cost of fuel and transit service on Saturdays, this line item has been budgeted at $271,180. The cost of fuel is projected to increase 16.54 percent over the 2010 budget of $231,955.

—Vehicle operation and maintenance will increase from $193,625 in 2010 to $197,525 in 2011.

—Insurance and bonding will increase from $203,991 to $238,100. NECALG received the workman’s compensation experience rating from Pinnacle Insurance. Their experience rating is 1.44 which may indicate a significant rate increase in 2011.

—The cost of materials for the Home Weatherization Program will increase from $833,883 in 2010 to $932,173 in 2011.

—Contract labor will increase from $118,969 in 2010 to $159,100 in 2011.

—The purchase of vehicles and equipment is $844,928

The Board of Directors approved the resolution adopting the 2011 budget and the resolution appropriating funds for the 2011 budget.

H.J. Greenwood presented a request to purchase a 3/4 ton cargo van with options from state bid. The board recommended the purchase of 3/4 ton cargo van from GMC for a total of $24,060.

Greenwood distributed the actual jobs completed in the FY 2009-10. A total of 650 units were completed. Of this total, 372 jobs were completed with funding from the ARRA program and 278 were completed with the regular funding from the Governor’s Office of Energy.

The 2010/2011 budget for the Home Weatherization Program is $3,061,125. NECALG agrees to complete 650 units at a cost of $4,737 per unit. A total of 455 units will be site built homes and 195 units will be mobile homes.

Sandy Baker, Director of the Single Entry Point, Options for Long Term Care Program, reviewed the monthly statistical report for the SEP Program. The Single Entry Point, Options for Long Term Care Program provides case management for 639 clients who are Medicaid eligible and require long term assistance.

The monthly report for the Area Agency on Aging was distributed to the board of directors. In November, the Meet and Eat sites served 3,564 meals. In November, there were 4,208 home delivered meals provided by the Area Agency on Aging.

The monthly report includes all services provided by the Area Agency on Aging in each county in the region.

Baker distributed a summary of community conversations with senior citizens and elected officials in each of the six counties of northeastern Colorado.

A total of 261 individuals responded to the questionnaires and provided their input on the services provided by the Area Agency on Aging. The highest prioritized services included: congregate meals at the Meet and Eat sites, home delivered meals, and County Express, Public Transportation System.

Community members indicated that if there is additional funding, the Area Agency on Aging should focus on Chore Assistance and Eyecare Assistance. The results of the survey and the community input will be incorporated into the four-year plan for funding from Title III of the Older Americans Act and the State of Colorado.

Worth noted the quarterly meeting of the Non-Emergent Medical Transportation Advisory Committee was held Friday, Dec. 17 in Sterling.

The operations report for County Express was distributed to the board of directors. In November, County Express provided 16,127 trips for the residents of northeastern Colorado. Included in the total are 2,347 trips provided for the deviated fixed route in Sterling and 2,027 trips provided for the deviated fixed route in Fort Morgan.