Clay County’s participation in the Nortex Regional Planning Commission will come at a higher price. The increase will benefit one local senior citizens’ organization.
The county will pay an additional 2 cents per capita — from 16 cents to 18 cents — for a total of $932.76 per year. The increase amounts to $108.04.
County Judge Kenneth Liggett announced the new rate during Monday’s meeting of commissioners.
Dennis Wilde, executive director of Nortex, said that 90-95 percent of the additional revenue will be put to use in senior citizens’ centers across the region, including the Petrolia Senior Citizens’ Club. The Petrolia center is one of several senior citizen’s organizations to receive federal funds in the form of matching grants to subsidize meal programs.
Wilde said the funds are distributed through the Area Agency on Aging, a Nortex Program.
Nortex matches 25 percent of the federal grant program, a total of $28,000.
Clay County’s membership expenses for Nortex are based on the number of residents living in unincorporated and rural areas. Cities pay a separate membership.
Thursday, June 20, the Nortex executive committee voted in favor of creating an Aging and Disability Resource Center. The purpose of the center is to offer better access to programs designed for the elderly, people with disabilities and veterans.
Nortex could hire an additional employee to handle the development of the resource center, and is looking to acquire state funding to help with the cost.