The comma chameleons of the “Americans First, Task Force” splash the new Aberdeen city budget on their Xenophobics Anonymous (if only they were seeking help for their addiction to fear and hate) Facebook page to promote their dubious thesis that immigrants are causing social assistance costs to explode.
Yes, Aberdeen’s municipal budget line for health and welfare is juping from $88K last year to $161K this year. But wait—the only explosions you hear are Branstnerite heads confronted with simple fact:
Deputy Finance Officer Jordan McQuillen said this change is the result of moving the financial operations from the Aberdeen Area Senior Center to the city budget. The senior center has previoulsy operated as a registered nonprofit separate from the city.
City Manager Lynn Lander said the city isn’t spending any more money than previous in years. Rather, the increase in the health and welfare segment of the budget is the result of the city adding the Meals on Wheels program to the city budget.
While the budgeted amount for health and welfare programs is listed at about $161,000, Finance Officer Karl Alberts said actual expenses for 2017 are estimated to be $156,075 with $72,575 set aside for the operation of Meals on Wheels [Elisa Sand, “Boost to City Health and Welfare Budget Is Tied to Meals on Wheels,” Aberdeen American News, 2016.10.06].
$156K minus $73K—that’s $83K.
Health and welfare accounts for less than 1 percent of the city’s $25.3 million 2017 budget for government operations. The entire city budget is about $61.7 million… [Sand, 2016.10.06].