FULTON COUNTY, NY (NEWS10) – About 140 families in Fulton County depend on subsidized childcare provided by the county's Department of Social Services. On Friday, the county will suspend the payments to childcare centers, ending the program for the time being due to budget shortfalls in the system.
John Rogers, Director of Financial Assistance for Fulton County DSS, cites a lack of local funds to continue the program. Essentially, the county fronts the money to support the program and they are reimbursed by the state at a later date.
Rogers has stated that due to a spike in childcare requests this past summer, the department only has about $30,000 left of the $720,000 they allotted for childcare in 2011. A problem, he says, consists due to the DSS spending an average of $65,000 a month on such services.
With only $30,000 left in the budget, it isn't enough to cover the families needed assistance for the remainder of the year. This will affect about 140 families in Fulton County who need the extra assistance.
Although the DSS is requesting emergency funds from the County Board of Supervisors, the families will have to fend for themselves for the time being until a conclusion can be made. And even if the board grants the request, it is likely that not everyone will be able to benefit from it. The suspension can last for the remainder of the year if the board rejects.