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County Giving Boot To Senior Meals

The wheels might be coming off mobile meal-delivery programs in Kootenai County. According to a letter from the Kootenai County commissioners dated Aug. 31 to the county's senior centers, funding that supports Meals on Wheels programs is about to end. "Annual community support to Senior Centers in Kootenai County has been cut from the proposed budget for fiscal year 2011-2012," says the letter, which also invites the centers to the county's final public hearing on its budget Tuesday at 6 p.m. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and urge you to request support from the city you are located in. The cities do not have the same unfunded mandates that the state imposes on the county"/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are county commissioners being pennywise/pound foolish? Or are they doing the right thing by getting the county out of subsidizing activities beyond its mandated services?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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