Tompkins County
New York

Resolution
2017-118

Appropriation from Contingent Fund and Authorization to Increase Foodnet Meals on Wheels Subcontract

Information

Department:Office for the AgingSponsors:
Category:Livable WageFunctions:Contingent Fund

Resolution/Document Body

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Office for the Aging recognizes the importance of Foodnet Meals on Wheels in the provision of both home-delivered and congregate meals to adults sixty (60) and over, and

 

WHEREAS, Foodnet strives to maintain certification as a living-wage employer, and

 

WHEREAS, upon understanding that New York State Direct Care Worker funding would be ongoing in 2017, the Tompkins County Office for the Aging reduced its original 2017 budget over-target request by $12,500 to enable Foodnet to maintain its staff at the living wage, and 

 

WHEREAS, the removal of the New York State Direct Care Worker Program from the New York State Office for the Aging 2017 budget has adversely affected Foodnet Meals on Wheels, and

 

WHEREAS, this unforeseen decrease in New York State funding causes an operating deficit of $19,500 for Foodnet in 2017, affecting its ability to maintain its staff at the living wage, and

 

WHEREAS, Foodnet intends to address its operating deficit through a combination of decreasing expenditures and raising revenues, and

 

WHEREAS the Tompkins County Office for the Aging requests $12,500 in Contingency Funding in 2017 and as an ongoing increase in target funding to assist Foodnet in closing its structural deficit, now therefore be it

 

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services and the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committees, That the request for contingency funding be granted,

 

RESOLVED, further, That the Finance Director be and hereby is authorized to make the following adjustments:

 

FROM:              A1990.54440              Contingent Fund              $12,500

TO:              A6776.54491              Subcontract              $12,500

 

RESOLVED, further, That the target budget for Office for the Aging to assist Foodnet shall be increased by $12,500.

SEQR ACTION: TYPE II-20

 

Meeting History

May 15, 2017 4:30 PM  Health and Human Services Committee Regular Meeting

Ms. Holmes explained this was discussed at the last meeting and when the State budget was finalized the Direct Care Program was not funded. In the 2017 Budget, an over-target request was removed under the premise that this funding would be continued in 2017 and since it is not that has left Foodnet with an operating deficit in 2017 and will affect workers and the ability to maintain the living wage.

Ms. Gosa stated at this time there is no additional information regarding the Federal budget and is hopeful that she will know something further by the end of May. Currently, the Federal funding is at 19% but some of the budget proposals being made could have a further deficit for the program due to the manner in which the funds filter through the State budget. She said the Foodnet budget also includes 18% participant and 16% charitable contributions. The Federal funding of 19% includes the Nutrition Services Incentives Program funds through the United States Department of Agriculture and the Older Americans Act, Title III funding. Decreases in funding to both programs in the Federal budget proposals have been discussed but the degree to those cuts are not known. Ms. Gosa said not all Meals On Wheels programing is funded in the same way and some of the programing receives block grants but to the degree Older Americans Act funding will be reduced has not been released.

Mr. Gaines said the resolution continues the funding under Title III C of the Older Americans Act and will continue through September 2017. He spoke of Congressman Reed’s public statement supporting the Meals On Wheels program.

Mr. Gaines stated the Board is doing more Legislative advocacy including a visit from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s staff, Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, and Legislator Kelles to join the Foodnet staff in meal preparation later this week. Outreach to other offices is also taking place.

RESULT:RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Carol Chock, Member
SECONDER:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Vice Chair
AYES:Anna Kelles, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Will Burbank, Carol Chock, Peter Stein
Jun 12, 2017 4:00 PM  Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee Regular Meeting

Ms. Holmes introduced Jessica Gosa, Executive Director of Foodnet. Ms. Holmes reminded the Committee that for the 2017 budget an over-target request was removed in the expectation that the New York State Direct Care Worker Program would make up for the amount contained within the request. However, this funding was eliminated from the State Budget and the Department is now requesting this appropriation to make up for the loss of revenue. This action affects Foodnet’s day-to-day operations and payroll.

Ms. Gosa said difference in the original request of $19,500 and what is being requested now will be addressed through Foodnet decreasing expenditures and raising revenue. She further commented that the reduction made in the operating budget for 2017 is ongoing and the program will be working at cutting back on other expenses to accommodate paying a living wage in the future.

RESULT:RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Glenn Morey, Member
SECONDER:Michael Sigler, Vice Chair
AYES:James Dennis, Michael Sigler, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Glenn Morey
EXCUSED:Daniel Klein
Jun 20, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

This resolution was adopted by a short roll call vote.

Following the vote, Mr. Stein was excused.

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Anna Kelles, Member
SECONDER:Dooley Kiefer, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Martha Robertson, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Michael Sigler, Peter Stein
EXCUSED:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne