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Baton Rouge aging council cuts staff

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Posted: Jul 10, 2011 10:50 AM
Source: Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Council on Aging has terminated 20 workers because of its financial situation, the agency's new executive director said.

Tasha Clark Amar said the terminations were part of a reorganization to help the council deal with an expected $200,000 budget shortfall.

More layoffs also are possible, Amar said.

The Advocate reported that Amar's selection two weeks ago came after a tumultuous annual membership meeting.

Ernest Stephens, the council's board chairman, said the cuts were necessary because of the council's dire financial condition.

The nonprofit Council on Aging receives federal, state and local tax money to help senior citizens lead independent lives. Its programs include Meals on Wheels for the homebound; the Senior Olympics; and social activities at senior centers.

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