According to the Scranton Times, Dunmore Democrat Council member Melanie Naro is now asking the Senior Center to pay $1000 a month to use the facility. The Borough of Dunmore is facing a 2009 deficit in excess of $1 million.
A local resident has offered to pay the heating bill for several months for the senior center. Jeanne Hugenbruch, Executive Director of the Senior Center, stated that the funding requests are scaring seniors into thinking they will have to pay up. Hugenbruch also stated that the Senior Center’s budget barely breaks even annually and makes the inference that they would not be able to meet the demands of council.
Democrat Councilman Hart denied that they were asking each senior to pay but rather would like to see a per diem rate paid by the number of seniors using the facility or some other paradigm to exact funding from the senior center.
The only Dunmore Council Member that seems to be outraged by this is Paul Nardozzi. He is quoted as saying “it is a shame that is comes down to this…We should be taking care of seniors they took care of us growing up.”