Senior Citizens Center on Edge

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The Franklin County Senior Citizen Center was voted the best in Kentucky last year by the Office of Aging Services.

"We're going to try to hold on to that honor for another year," said Cheryl Harrod, executive director of the local senior citizen center on Medical Heights Drive, Wednesday.

But maintaining senior citizen center services is the biggest challenge these days, she said.

Citizens qualify as seniors at the center at age 60. With the graying of the baby boomers, the need for services is growing. But funding is diminishing.

Franklin County Fiscal Court and the Frankfort City Commission increased their funding this year to the Franklin County Council on Aging. But 65 percent of the council's funding comes from the federal level and federal funding hasn't increased, Harrod said.

In the new fiscal year budget, city and county governments are each contributing $55,000, which is a combined increase totaling $28,000 from the previous year.

"The city and county were very generous to us," Harrod said. "But as soon as we got the increase in funding, out of the blue our retirement match went up for our employees and it almost took the entire $28,000 to take care of the match."

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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