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Centre County Increasing Funding to Certain Agencies

The Centre County Commissioners have decided how to divvy up nearly $6 million dollars of local and state funding.
The Centre County Commissioners have decided how to divvy up nearly $6 million dollars of local and state funding. This year, the community development block grants will give an extra boost to programs that affect children and those battling drug and alcohol addictions.

They anticipate those programs receiving between $65,000 and $90,000 more than in previous years.  That extra money comes from other agencies the block grant aids but commissioners say that one of the most appealing parts of the plan.

"That's the joy of the block grant," says Steve Dershem, the Chair of the Centre County Commissioners. "You can move those funds around so if you find a little shortfall, later on we can fill it back up."

Only 50% of the money can be moved around; the other half is fixed.

"What happens in the block grant process, when we go through that, it's an opportunity to focus and refocus the needs of the county," says Tim Boyde, the Centre County Administrator.

"We have to prioritize," says C. Chris Exarchos, the Vice-Chair. 

One of the main priorities for the county right now is their drug and alcohol program. 

Program administrators expect they'll receive around $50,000 to $70,000 more in funding, on top of their current appropriations.

"We want to provide services that meet the needs and then support individuals to be able to maintain a level of success in the community," says Cathy Arbogast, the Centre County Drug and Alcohol Program Assistant Administrator.  "That ultimately benefits the community."
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