In the last fiscal year with full reporting, 2019-2020, the Township Budgets included the following line items that provide direct aid to community organizations and residents:
- General Assistance Fund
- Home Relief - Emergency
BUT Spent $11,619 (just 18%)
- Home Relief - Straight
BUT Spent $51,347 (just 65%)
- Social Service Agencies
Spent $562,389 (94.5%)
The current board left $65,773 of taxpayer dollars on the table. These funds could have kept people in their homes, addressed food insecurity, and assisted with other community needs.
When elected, the Democratic slate will enact an improved outreach plan to communicate Township resources to residents and social service organizations. The purpose of the outreach plan is to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. Through partnership we can work to solve the problems facing our community today.
The Township also manages an established organization, the Needy Family Fund, that is funded by resident donations and not direct taxpayer dollars. In the last fiscal year with full reporting, 2019-2020, the Supervisor and her team budgeted $52,100 for the Home Relief Unrestricted Fund, but only spent $4,202.71 (8.1%). Leaving an additional $47,897 unspent was a careless decision that shows poor budget practices and a lack of outreach.
When elected, the Democratic slate will work to improve the transparency of the Needy Family Fund through clear communication with leaders, the community, and donors.