Seniors meet on levy
Green Bank, WV – Senior citizens in Green Bank met Thursday to discuss the option of passing an excess levy to shore up the Pocahontas County Senior Programs budget.
Voters will decide on the levy this November in the general election.
Senior board member and County Commissioner Reta Griffith said funding for the senior programs has been in a continuous downward spiral for several years.
The current fiscal year for the program runs through September 30th, and the program is already out of reimbursement funds for its food programs, Griffith said, which means everything they’re spending right now on food, they might or might not get reimbursed for six months from now.
The centers are losing about $3,000 a month on food. Compare that to your personal checkbooks, Griffith said, and it’s a long time to have to float that much money.
Despite the numbers, not all seniors are ready to throw their weight behind the levy. Many still have questions. Some of them talked with us Thursday at the Senior Center.