The Adams County Commissioners unanimously agreed on Monday to lift the county hiring freeze and allow the Adams County Extension Board to fill a vacant Purdue Extension Service educator position.
However, Commissioner Doug Bauman told a large group from the extension system in the county that the extension board must "be really, really creative" and "do a sales job to the county council," which provides part of the pay for that educator and also establishes the county's budget every year.
For the first time in the 15-year history of the South Adams Senior Center, the organization's board of directors will be forced to withdraw money from its endowment fund to meet budget obligations this year.
And the center's financial outlook for 2012 is even more bleak.
With that scenario serving as a backdrop, senior center board members and staffers appeared before Berne City Council on Monday evening to seek financial assistance in the city's next budget cycle.