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Children’s Services discusses projected 2013 budget (Audio included)

Logan County Children’s Services discussed its 2013 budget during a board meeting Thursday.

Children’s Services is projecting a deficit of $255,382 for 2013. The 2012 budget is also expected to see a deficit of $339,573. The organization has made every available cut and is seeing a decrease in revenue from levy receipts and allocations from the state.

The board asked to review some of its contracts with its community partners to see if they can be reduced. Children's Services spent $310,331 on contracts in 2012 and budgeted $311,000 for contracts in 2013.

The 2013 budget legislation was tabled until the November meeting.

The Children's Services Outreach Centers are preparing for the 6th annual Christmas in the Park fundraiser. Local businesses put up a Christmas light display at Indian Lake State Park and community members can vote for their favorite display. The event is during the first four weekends of December and runs from 6 to 9 pm. Visitors are asked to give a $5 donation per vehicle. The donations will fund the outreach centers.

Any business that wants to participate in the light display is asked to call Children’s Services Executive Director Melanie Engle at 599-7290.

Engle discusses the budget and fundraiser.

The Children’s Services Board of Directors will meet again on November 8th at 5 pm.

We encourage open dialogue among people who may disagree. Difficult conversations must be had sometimes to make progress. If you disagree, please disagree respectfully. Cruelty will not be tolerated. This is a family friendly group.
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