No plans to cut Council on Aging services

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging continues to operate at a deficit of about $400,000 a year and a new audit out this week questions the agency's viability due to increasing demands that outpace funding.

Council on Aging Executive Director Tasha Clark-Amar tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1izYDUL ) leaders are working to address the financial issues without affecting the seniors they serve.

At this time, there are no plans to cut back services, as is suggested in the audit.

The Council on Aging, which operates 14 senior centers throughout parish and runs the meal delivery program for low-income seniors, receives funding from the city-parish, state and federal governments, in addition to grants, donations and other outside fundraising efforts.

Clark-Amar said fundraising has become a key focus of efforts to address budget issues.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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