The Budget lists Senior Services 'Other Costs' at $10,077 - but the Seniors are receiving virtually none of their budget money.
The 'ABC Accounts' total $7,077 – which is 3/4's of the Other Costs' budget.
The SDG&E bill runs $1,000/yr, but is listed on the budget at $1,500.
Senior Services has listed $200 for maintenance and repair, $75 for postage/freight, $100 for Printing Services, $125 for Membership Dues. This totals $500 – none of which are used by the Senior Services Department.
That leaves $500 for Office Supplies and $500 for Operating Supplies. But Senior Services are not getting $1,000/year in supplies. Senior Services doesn't even know that they have money coming to them – and that is what a budget is for: To give each department the funding they need to operate.
Listed below are the total Other Costs for Senior Services in the last two years. Yes, every item purchased for Senior Services in the last two years can be listed on ½ page.
These purchases were listed on the July 2010 Check Register, but were actually made in the 2009-2010 Fiscal Year.
07/23/10 - $340.81 – Senior Lunch
07/23/10 - $32.49 – Kettle Pot
07/23/10 - $39.66 – Lunch Decorations
07/23/10 – 115.73 – Fans – Senior Center
07/23/10 – $169.00 – Play Res
Fiscal Year 2010-2011
08/06/10 – $27.50 – Paper, File Storage
08/25/10 - $125.00 – Trolly Trip
08/25/10 - $120.00 - Senior Lunch
02/17/11 - $66.98 – Ink Cartridge
07/22/11 - $1,175.95 – Bus Trip/Lunch
07/22/11 - $26.44 – HP Ink Replacement
Total Less Lunches: $ 120.92
Fiscal Year 2011-2012
09/02/11 – $23.91- Coffee Maker
10/20/11 - $19.20 – Propane Exchange
03/02/12 - $92.95 – Ink Cartridge
Page 13 of the Financial Statements for Year End 2011 lists Senior Services total Expenses at $28,098. There is one part-time Employee that receives no benefits – total cost is $18,000/year. Actual Total Expenses of the Senior Services Department for 2011 was less than $20,000.
Any donations made to Senior Services goes into the City's pockets – the Senior Center never sees the money. In the past there was a line on the Financial Statements showing $2 Million/year in donations made to the City. The City has removed the line from the Financial Statements.
There is a $1.00 lifetime membership fee – and the City takes that too.
Taxes and fees are collected to provide community services, yet we don't provide coffee or tissues to the Senior Center. Every month we pay thousands of dollars for meals with lawyers and consultants, but we do not provide a light snack for our Seniors.
The Senior Center charges $.25/cup for coffee. And from that 'petty cash' the Program Coordinator is somehow running the entire operation. There is one Yoga Instructor that is paid by the non-profit organization 'Silver Age Yoga', but everyone else at the Center is donating their time.
Who is responsible for the welfare of the Senior Services Department?
Linda Leichtle – Human Resource Manager. She is also paid to be the Supervisor of the Senior Services and Sports Parks. The employee at the Senior Center stated that she has worked in Senior Services for over a decade and the Seniors have never received their Budget.
City Council – We pay Council to look after the general needs of the community, not to jet-set around the country and not to be the heads of other authorities.
Lorie Bragg was the Program Coordinator for 1 ½ years before she was elected to Council. For six years Ms. Bragg has 'reviewed the budget' and 'voted on the budget', but she's never had the intellectual curiosity to glance at her old department.
Or she's known the entire time that the Senior Services Department doesn't receive their budget and she never said a word.