Friday, July 22, 2005

I guess this might be good news ... but the numbers make my head spin

The state agency that serves the disabled now says it expects a $53 million surplus this year and will be able to cut its waiting list nearly in half.

Just a few days ago, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities forfeited $62 million to the state’s general fund because it didn’t spent the money during the budget year that ended June 30.

The new surplus -- projected for the budget year that began July 1 -- comes from money found in billing errors, an agency spokesman said.

But it’s not all good news for the disabled, says the director of a Leesburg agency that serves the mentally retarded. “Basically, the bottom line is people currently being served are receiving less services so others may receive some,” said John Askew of SunriseArc. “This is about their cuts, not catching billing errors.”

Read the Orlando Sentinel story here.

See previous posts here and here.

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