SJOA Watching For Cutbacks

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The state’s budget woes are already reverberating through one of Sierra County’s most vulnerable populations, its senior citizens.
Following a contentious 2017 legislative session that ended in March, Gov. Susana Martinez implemented a state hiring freeze and vows to call a special session for the third consecutive year – to try to renegotiate a balanced budget in light of plunging revenues from the oil and gas industry.
The legislature approved a $6.1 billion budget that includes $128 million in spending above projected incoming revenue, and includes about $350 million in tax increases.

Group Seeks To Prevent Lease Of Lee Belle Johnson Center

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It once served as the town’s police station, and also housed the municipal court for a time.
The Lee Belle Johnson Senior Center (LBJC), a Work Projects Administration (WPA) Depression-era building built in 1935, originally served as the city hall and library for the town of Truth or Consequences…

Mealsite Hosts Drill Friday

The Sierra County Office of Emergency Management, in collaboration with local, state and federal responder agencies, will be conducting an emergency preparedness drill on Friday, April 17 in the area of the Senior Mealsite building, located on W. Fourth Ave.

The drill is being conducted to let agencies practice responding to a scenario-based incident. Please use caution in the area of the Senior Mealsite building on Friday, April 17, and don’t be alarmed by the activity…

SJOA Concerns Voiced To City Commission

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T-or-C Commissioners addressed a short list of action items during their February 25 regular session. Included among the evening’s decisions was approval of a renewed funding application for wastewater treatment plant upgrades, endorsement of a professional service agreement with the South Central Council of Governments and board approval of a plat revision and easement termination for a downtown property owner.

SJOA FACING MORE CUTBACKS

Aside from the aforementioned measures, the evening’s session was highlighted by a report from Sierra Joint Office on Aging (SJOA) Board President Majie Powey, who explained how a lack of sufficient funding has already resulted in program cutbacks and is forcing the organization to consider additional and service reductions in the coming months. After outlining how SJOA receives its annual funding through combination of federal, state and local sources, Powey detailed a number of important services SJOA regularly provides Sierra County’s senior population. Among these services are daily meal programs, homemaker services, caregiver support and transportation. In regards to the latter of these, Powey…