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Need funding, Council on Aging chief says

3 years 7 months 18 hours ago June 23, 2013 Jun 23, 2013 Sunday, June 23 2013 June 23, 2013 9:54 AM in News
By: Associated Press

CLINTON, La. - The East Feliciana Parish Council on Aging director is asking the parish Police Jury to establish permanent funding for the council or call an election on a 1-mill tax to fund the agency.

Director Brenda Gardner says the agency serves 49 elderly residents through its meal delivery program and has 49 more on a waiting list.

The Advocate reports the council serves East Feliciana's 3,968 residents age 60 and older.

Gardner says her nine employees are dedicated to serving senior citizens, but wages are so low that only two can afford health insurance.

She told the jury this past week that she needs a dedicated funding source the council can count on every year.

Jurors took no immediate action on her requests.

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