By Julie Merklin
All commissioners present.
The most important item of business, in my opinion,was that of Lori Feldkamp, director of Big Lakes Developmental Center. She expressed concern about how the state legislature is going to deal with the budget shortfall and how it will impact Big Lakes. She told the Commission that the House Standing Committee on Social Services Budget discussed changing the state aid into matching funds for Medicaid Waiver dollars and consolidating Community Developmental Organizations. CDDO’s determine people’s eligibility for Medicaid. Some persons served by Big Lakes are not eligible for the waiver and if the state decides to make the proposed changes, these persons will lose services. Feldkamp said that consolidating CDDO’s may or may not save money and it is uncertain how it would work.
Jennifer Wilson announced the start of the volunteer tax assistance program which is in its tenth year. The program is intended for low and moderate income taxpayers and gives help with the simple 1040 form.
Cheryl Collins announced the Historical Society’s quarterly dinner meeting Feb 3. The speaker will be William Richter.
Julie Merklin, observer