Elderly Affairs will continue to help seniors
To the editor:
I am writing to offer some clarity and to clear up various misconceptions regarding the Atkinson Elderly Affairs Program.
The current program will continue to operate as it has done so in the past. Atkinson Town Administrator Bill Innes has been appointed to take over the department on an interim basis. Bill has been a resident of the town for many years and is, in fact, a senior himself. Bill is available at Town Hall Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to answer any questions and concerns you have regarding the program.
If you use our program, please continue to schedule your request for services as you have done in the past. If you are new to our program, please contact Bill Innes and he will help you through the process. We look forward to continuing to provide the best in elderly affairs services to our residents who use our program and enthusiastically welcome all new residents who wish to use our program.
In regard to the funding of the program, I want to be clear that the EA program in funded with appropriated tax dollars as is has been for many years. This year’s budget is $44,488. This budget covers the cost of the program and is based on previous appropriated budgets and budget request by the department head. No additional funds are required to operate the program.
There have been various inquiries into the existence, use and ownership of the private donations that have been deposited into the account of the Atkinson Police Charitable Fund. This fund was created in 2008 as a 501(c) nonprofit charitable trust. This entity is not a part of the Town of Atkinson. The town does not rely on any part of this fund to subsidize the Elderly Affairs Program. The town does not have control of this entity or any of the funds that have been deposited into it or to where any of the funds are applied. This organization does not report to the Town of Atkinson and the town does not have the ability to audit its accounts. All of these items are regulated by the New Hampshire Department of Justice Charitable Trust Division. The town has no plans to regulate or take over this fund.