- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

PURVIS, Miss. (AP) - The Lamar County Board of Supervisors is considering bringing the lunch service at its senior centers under the county umbrella.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1iU8aru) the conversation was sparked Thursday with a request from Pearl River Valley Opportunity to cover a nearly $59,000 shortfall in the soon-to-end 2014-15 fiscal year.

Officials say the deficit is related in large part to benefits being made available during the 2014-15 fiscal year to 10 employees contractually provides in connection with the increasingly popular weekday lunches for county seniors.

Administrator Chuck Bennett told supervisors that not only had the program’s shortfall request come in just recently, but that the organization was asking for another $64,000 to be added to the nearly $169,000 the county already had approved for the 2015-16 budget year.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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