The Leavenworth County Council on Aging’s director told the Leavenworth County Commission Thursday that her agency had to think outside the box a little last year to meet its budget limitations.
Linda Lobb said there were a couple of fiscal challenges in 2012. First were fluctuations in fuel prices. Lobb said the council is a large consumer of fuel, given its general public transportation, Meals on Wheels and senior express programs. Last year, Lobb said the council logged 16,577 out-of-county miles to take seniors to medical appointments and 161,079 total transportation miles.
“It challenged us to stay within that budget,” she said.
Lobb said so, too, did vehicle maintenance and a new requirement from the Kansas Department of Transportation that the council’s drivers to pass a physical examination every two years.
“They didn’t tell us when we came and presented our budget, so that was an expense that we had not planned on,” she said.
Using end of the year actual expenditures, Lobb said the Council ended with 99 percent of its budget spent. To meet that target, she said the council delayed some of the repairs needed on some of its vehicles, worked to coordinate out-of-town medical appointments to ensure fewer trips and raised more than $45,000 through fundraisers.
“We went out and actively did things to bring money in to assist the Council on Aging and Leavenworth County,” Lobb said.
That included the “adopt a senior” program, in which residents pitched in to provide Meals on Wheels to seniors during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.