Funding of Social Services is the issue.  How many dollars and what is the source of those dollars?  Tax support, private donations or a combination?

There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as "caring" and "sensitive" because he wants to expand the government's charitable programs is merely saying that he's willing to try to do good with other people's money. Well, who isn't?  And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he'll do good with his own money -- if a gun is held to his head.

-- P.J. O'Rourke

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2014 SSAB Funding

Social Services funding was increased to $378,400.  UFM withdrew its 3000 dollar request.  But even with that reduction the Commission voted 3-2 to increase SSAB spending from last year’s number of $354,920.  The allocation is the highest amount since 2011.  SSAB funding:

2011 - $417,200

2012 - $373,600

2013- $349,920

2014 - $378,400

The inflation rate for the year was around 1%.  The COLA amounts for Social Security Recipients was 1.7%.  The same COLA amount was awarded in salary to the MFD and the City Staff.  SSAB however received a 6.2% increase.  The three commissioners that advocate an open ended no limit cap on SSAB are Reddi, McCulloh, and Jankovich. Their goal is total tax support, with little consideration for private funding. 

 Commissioner Reddi seems to have the personal mission of diverting as many tax dollars as possible towards selected SSAB agencies, while at the same time having no problem going on various Commission Junkets to include spending $3,000 plus dollars on a trip to Seattle.  It seems those dollars could have been better spent on SSAB.

2014 SSAB Budget Information

The city has over the years funded ten social service agencies.  UFM withdrew their tax dollar grant request of $3000 for this year.  The SSAB presented the commission with a 2014 request to fund the ten agencies at $381,400.  In 2013 the agencies were funded at $354,920.  SSAB has requested a 7.46% increase over last year’s funding.   Some of the agencies like Kansas Legal Services were recommended to receive a 26% increase over 2013 levels.  The SSAB budget contains a $26,400 increase over budget year 2013.  The SSAB budget should be limited to a 1.7% increase.  With the withdrawal of the UFM request, $3,000 has been eliminated.  This reduces the increase to $23,400 or 6.2%.  If the remaining nine agencies are limited to a 1.7% increase the funding for SSAB will increase to $360,953.  This will result in a savings of $17,446. 

 
See the files below for the specfic SSAB options and the UFM letter.

 

Social Services Donation Program Annual Report and 2014 Budget

They watch your feet, not your lips

 

See the documents below for the end of year status of the City Water Bill Donation Program and the SSAB Annual Report.


The following document was provided to the City Commission and the Social Services Advisory Board concerning a possible realignment of City Support for Social Services.

Ten Social Service Agencies currently receive tax support from the City of Manhattan.  The table posted below provides website information concerning those agencies.