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County Cuts Senior Center Funding

Commissioners have notified the four Kootenai County senior centers -- Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, & Rathdrum -- that they are cutting funding for them in the 2011-12 budget. Executive Allison McArthur said the cut will mean the loss of the $2500 from the county for home-delivered meals for her Post Falls center. Combined, the four centers supplied 20,750 meals to home-bound seniors in 2010. The Post Falls center has already provided more than 5,000 in her area this year. Allison said her center and the one in Coeur d'Alene each receive $2500 from the county while the other two centers get $1800. She said that might not seem like much. But it can mean the difference between having home-delivered meals or not. The commissioners invited the senior centers to a public hearing on the budget at 6 p.m. Tuesday. You can read the commissioners letter to the senior centers here.

Question: Are the county commissioners being pennywise and pound foolish again?

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