Michaele Clour, executive director of Power Shop of Duncan, and Robin Arter, director of Duncan Group Homes, both expressed strong concern Wednesday regarding the huge financial blow that could ultimately mean problems for their clients.
Initially, the providers heard there would be a 7 1/2 percent budget cut from the DDSD, but when Arter
attended a statewide providers meeting Tuesday to discuss the troubling issue, a different figure was presented.
"That cut would be an $84,000 decrease to our annual budget.
Yesterday, (Tuesday) we heard it would be a 14 1/2 percent cut.
We were bracing for the $84,000, and planned to handle it.
We have a frugal board, but twice that is a little more difficult to take," Arter
Clour and Arter
are encouraging everyone to contact their legislators immediately, since the budget allocations are voted on Sunday.
hopeful the trip will be a visual statement to the legislators.
"I think they may not even realize how many people this decision will affect," said Arter, who has been with DGH for 20 years.
That's also a concern for Arter