Miami-Dade County pumps cash into $100 seniors grants
By Ashley Hopkins
Miami-Dade residents over 65 may soon see more money coming down the pipeline. The county commission approved Tuesday a resolution that would transfer unused general funds to the Save Our Seniors program.
According to an Oct. 15 report from County Manager George Burgess, when considering the 2010-2011 budget the administration thought general fund carryover would be around $47.7 million. As all county departments worked to make reductions throughout 2009-2010, preliminary numbers suggest that $55.9 will actually carry over, leaving $8.2 million in unallocated funds to finance county activity.
Save Our Seniors participants over age 65 can apply for an exemption that allows them to receive a $100 grant to offset the cost of county services.
While actual carryover balance may change as administration officials complete financial reporting, Mr. Burgess recommended that nearly $4.7 to be set aside for the Save Our Seniors-Homeowners' Relief Fund. According to the report, the funds would be used to cover payments and the costs of mailing checks.
The commission directed Mayor Carlos Alvarez to prepare an amendment to the budget, which the commission is to vote on as part of its mid-year budget amendment process.
Grant monies reported for other Miami entities as well.
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