Commissioner Don Dixon said he has been very pleased with how COA has managed their program and they only went out for proposals because that is the prudent thing to do with taxpayers’ money.
“When you’re dealing with public dollars it’s always prudent to take a look and see what’s out there,” he said. “The reason we went out to bid was not because we were unsatisfied, it was just to test the market.”
As was suggested by Finance Director Tawana Keels the contract was capped at the $3.8 million. Wilson told the Journal-News they probably could have exceeded that amount, if the program grows more than projected, but he doesn’t see that happening for the immediate future.
“We’re not projecting a lot of growth because the program has been enrolling a lot of new seniors on a regular basis but about the same number of people have been dis-enrolling,” Wilson said. “Our growth assumptions are pretty small.”
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He said they are evaluating their growth projections right now because “we know the leading edge of the baby boomers are in their 70s now and at some point we’re going to see that volume pick back up.”
A study by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University shows the 60-plus population in the county is expected to rise by almost eight percent in 2030. Wilson said they served 3,808 seniors in 2016.