The Wilkes County commissioners approved two Home and Community Block Grant budgets for senior services during their Sept. 7 meeting.
One was an adjusted budget for fiscal 2020-21 and the other a new budget for fiscal 2021-22.
Both budgets help fund services provided by the Blue Ridge Opportunity Commission, Wilkes Senior Resources and Ruby Pardue Adult Day Care Center.
Appearing before the commissioners with the budget were Nicole Hiegl, High Country Area Agency on Aging director, and Mary Edna Faw, BROC interim elderly nutrition director.
Hiegl said commissioner approval of the revised 2020-21 budget was needed again because it differed from what the board originally approved.
BROC services are home delivered meals, congregate nutrition and housing/home improvement.
Wilkes Senior Resources services were Wilkes Senior Center operations and general, medical and COVID-19-related transportation.
The adjusted 2020-21 budget includes $543,867 from the state, with county match of $60,430 and subsidy of $38,698 for a total of $604,296. Service to 452 clients was projected.
The 2021-22 budget totals $645,157 with projected 56,492 block grants units of service and projected 676 clients served in Wilkes.
Hiegl said Wilkes Senior Resources projected a substantial increase in the number of rides provided. She also said the new budget very likely would change by the end of the year.
Elmore asked if most of the local match goes for the BROC meals on wheels program and Hiegl said that is correct.
Gambill seconded Elmore’s motion to approve the new budget, but said he still wants to not disburse money to BROC until it is requested due to recent financial issues there resulted in a former BROC employee being charged.
It was stated in the meeting that none of the local matching funds from the county for 2021-22 have been disbursed yet. Triplett said the vote to approve the new budget wouldn’t change this earlier board action.