Palm Beach County Commission will consider cutbacks to social program due to the sequestration

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Funding cuts to programs such as Head Start and Senior Services will be under consideration when the Palm Beach County Commission meets on Tuesday, April 2nd. The proposed cuts, according to the commission agenda, are prompted by a loss of federal funding due to the sequestration.

The Palm Beach County Commission will consider eliminating 14 bus driver and rider positions from the Head Start program. Transportation services to grantee sites would not be available effective June 2013.

Palm Beach County officials estimate that federal funding for Head Start next year will be reduced by 5% or $866,000.

Senior meals could also be affected by the federal cuts. Commissioners will consider eliminating 3 breakfast sites which average 106 seniors daily. The cuts would also impact home delivered breakfast to 136 homebound seniors.

Palm Beach County, in its agenda, states that all seniors will still be eligible for at least one meal a day.

The commissioners will also consider what impact the sequestration cuts will have on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program.

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