Supervisors flip-flop on Area 12 aid

March 18, 2003 11:00 pm

By SCOTT PESZNECKER

Calaveras County supervisors Monday reversed a decision to give $24,833 to the Area 12 Agency on Aging, and have not reached agreement on giving another $43,000 the agency needs to get the senior meals program out of debt.

Supervisors, in a 4-1 vote three weeks ago, agreed to give $24,833 in "overmatch" money to the agency to be used as reserve funds for home-delivered meals.

District 5 Supervisor Victoria Erickson was the lone dissenting vote then. But last week, Supervisor Paul Stein, District 2, changed his mind, leading the board on Monday to first overturn the earlier vote, then vote against awarding the money.

Monday, Erickson was absent. Supervisors Stein, Tom Tryon, District 4, and Lucy Thein, District 1, voted to overturn the decision to approve funding, and Merita Callaway, District 3, voted to leave it in place.

In Monday's second funding vote, Thein and Stein sided with Erickson's original position and voted against awarding the money. Tryon and Callaway still voted to give the $24,833.

Because the money was to have come from county contingency funds, at least four supervisors had to vote in favor of the move.

The funds were to have been put into a trust to be used for future home-delivered meals not covered in Area 12's annual budget.

Stein — He said Monday he might support the overmatch payment in the future, but not until the county deals with Area 12's $43,000 deficit, racked up between July and January while providing Calaveras County's senior nutrition programs. "There are so many complexities," Stein said yesterday. "Right now, I feel that we should withdraw and have our auditor look at their funding." He insisted he never made a commitment to pay the funds, even though he voted in favor of doing so three weeks ago. He said former District 5 Supervisor Terri Bailey, who served on the Area 12 board, was responsible for making that commitment.