Inyo plans to cut costs with IMAAA

Inyo County issued the following press release:

On Tuesday, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors took steps to end Inyo County’s 24-year role as providing administrative services to the Inyo Mono Area Agency on Aging. In deciding to notify the IMAAA Governing Board of its decision not to continue providing administrative services after June 30, 2012, the Board cited escalating costs.

 “We have a 24-year old agreement with IMAAA that requires the County to provide four specific staff positions to carry out administrative services on behalf of the JPA, but the contract only pays Inyo County $62,000 to fund those four positions plus all of the other requirements of the contract,” said Board Chair Susan Cash. To make up the funding shortfall, Inyo County has had to contribute increasing amounts of money from its General Fund.

By providing IMAAA and the State of California early notice of the County’s intent not to continue administering the programs, which are ultimately the responsibility of the State and not Inyo or Mono counties, Inyo County said it hopes to give all the parties a chance to find a new administrator or some other solution to this long-standing problem. In the meantime, the Supervisors stressed there will be no change in the range of services currently provided to seniors in Inyo and Mono counties, which range from meals to home visits and legal assistance.

The Inyo County Board of Supervisors action included approving the $1.6 million total Inyo Mono Area Agency on Aging (IMAAA) budget for Fiscal Year 2011-2012. As a result, all current senior programs will be fully funded through June 30, 2012. However, in order to balance the IMAAA budget Inyo County had to contribute $686,514 from its General Fund to IMAAA. The staff report indicated that $393,388 of this was estimated to pay for administrative costs that Inyo County performs for IMAAA, and which benefits other contractors and sub-contractors to the JPA, including Mono County, Ombudsman Advocacy Services, and Indian Legal Services.

Currently, IMAAA is governed by a Joint Powers Agreement between Inyo and Mono counties that establishes an IMAAA Governing Board to oversee the senior programs in both counties on behalf of the State of California which, ultimately, is required to provide services to senior citizens under the Federal Older Americans Act. Both Inyo and Mono counties contract with IMAAA to provide direct services to their respective senior populations, but Inyo County also provides regional administrative services under the terms of its contract with IMAAA.

As part of its action, the Inyo Board approved a letter to the IMAAA Governing Board and the Mono County Board of Supervisors that states Inyo County intends to not renew its contract to administer regional IMAAA programs on June 30, 2012. The Board is also considering whether it should take action to try and alter or even withdraw from the IMAAA Joint Powers Agreement, but has not reached a final decision on that question.

However, the Board of Supervisors also reiterated Inyo County’s support of the current county programs and services provided directly to Inyo County seniors by stressing that, at the worst, Inyo County could simply take over the senior programs from IMAAA, and fund them with county money.

Inyo County has borne the costs of administering the IMAAA programs for 24 years, and the decision to take the first steps to alter that long-standing governing structure was not taken lightly. “This is a defining moment in public policy,” said First District Supervisor Linda Arcularius, “because it directly affects peoples’ lives.”

Roger Rasche, Chairman of the IMAAA Advisory Council, acknowledged the structural budget deficits IMAAA has faced in the past years, and praised the Inyo County Board for its years of unquestioned support of IMAAA, which is evident in the county’s willingness in recent years to use General Fund money to support IMAAA, which is primarily a federal- and state-funded program.

“I really appreciate the fact that you and your staff are really, really concerned about providing services to seniors,” Rasche told the Inyo Board. “Your people work so hard and are so concerned about running the best program you can.”

Currently, Inyo County Health and Human Services administers the IMAAA program. State and federal funding of $774,231 is split between the counties based on the number of seniors (those over 60) in each county. Inyo County receives, 72.5 percent of the program funding, or about $604,000, while Mono County receives the rest, about $171,000, which it uses to provide direct services to its seniors. In addition, Inyo County receives about $62,000 for regional administrative costs, including all State-imposed reporting requirements for both Inyo and Mono counties.

Although the County is declining to provide regional program oversight for IMAAA beginning next July, in its letter the Inyo board stressed its desire to continue contracting with IMAAA or the California Department of Aging to continue providing direct services to Inyo County’s seniors.



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8 Responses to Inyo plans to cut costs with IMAAA

  1. downthecreek October 6, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    the boys need to save the money for their pensions

  2. snow show October 8, 2011 at 10:48 am #


    I think you may be right.

  3. JeniferCastaneda October 9, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    Is this possible? They want to cut funding and compromise services to our large aging community and turn around and spend $20 million on a new office building in Bishop? Let’s get our priorities straight!

    • upthecreek October 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm #


      You only have to look at their mighty pension payments and you will see the problem.

  4. Steve October 10, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    We can give financial aid to illegals, we can also offer them free health care and we will also take care of their children, but we just cannot take care of the elderly. This is government pandering at its worst. I do not place all the blame on the county, but at the citizens that vote in policy makers that squander these funds. WHERE IS THE RAGE WITHIN US AMERICANS?

    • Ken Warner October 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      Right now it’s embodied in Occupy Wall St. ….

  5. STEVEN October 11, 2011 at 6:34 am #

    They all think alike in Kalifornia.
    Take from American taxpayers and give to the Poor Poor Illegal alien.
    Wick, Welfare, Education, Free transit, Subsidized Housing, No cost for having $30,000 Anchor Babies, No credit when buying a new $44,000 Escalade? No problem! These illegal alien freeloaders who are being enabled by the sell outs that be, are living better than most middle class Americans these days. And all because they broke American laws and thumbed their noses at it and somehow convinced the American Government, to side with their sorry asses.
    Thats just the tip of the ice burg! But dont tell the powers that be that you know what they are up to and that you want it stopped!
    Just look at the three new laws that Gov Jerry Brown just passed while we we all enjoying Columbus Day Weekend and watching football at Grumpys. Sneaky Sucka! Or are we suckers!

    1: Bill, AB131 – The “California Dream Act, Part II”, provides a minimum of $40 million in grants and state-funded financial aid, grants and scholarships to illegal aliens, in addition to in-state tuition rates already provided.

    2: Bill, AB 1236, prohibits state agencies, local governments, and special districts from requiring an employer to use E-Verify to make sure they are not hiring illegal aliens thus stealing much needed American jobs.

    3:Bill, AB 353- which prevents illegal aliens driving without a license from having their cars impounded.

    These Politicians in this screwed up State are fooling no body. These ludicrous laws will be challenged and overturned in time, and instead of taking care of all these lawbreaking blood sucking illegal alien Mexicans, “THE MAJORITY OF ILLEAL ALIENS” They will start taking better care of it,s own hard working American Taxpaying Citizens, “ESPECIALLY OUR SENIOR CITIZENS WHO FOUGHT FOR AND BUILT THIS DAMN COUNTRY!”

  6. Rob October 11, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    We’re giving away our Country and people are to stupid to even notice.

    It makes it pretty hard to give a damn about much of anything.


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