District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board
The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) today approved its 2013 Budget which provides a solid fiscal plan to maximize service delivery while recognizing the impact of ongoing economic challenges on human services. These challenges include decreased provincial financial support through program elimination, reduced social funding levels, and the introduction of capped funded programs.
“As a Board, our challenge this year was to ensure that added pressure was not passed on to already burdened taxpayers, while ensuring that services to vulnerable citizens would be maintained,” says George Jupp, Chair of the DNSSAB Executive/Audit Committee. “We’re very pleased that DNSSAB staff and Board were able to accomplish this.”
The 2013 Budget comes in below inflation (approximately 2%) with a total increase year over year of 1.08% to $55,993,247. The total impact on the municipal levy reflects a decrease of -2.01%, thanks in part to the upload of OW program costs to the Provincial government resulting in a decrease to the municipal share. The municipal levy represents 32% of the total budget, down from 33% in 2012, and has decreased by $370,234 to $18,001,312.
Also, administrative costs have been contained to come in well below the targeted 2% at 0.73%. Maximizing operating efficiencies and reducing cost pressures through attrition have contributed to administration cost containment.
“It can be difficult to strike the right balance between addressing the needs of citizens while minimizing the cost to taxpayers, especially when there are significant reductions in funding as we’re seeing with the elimination of the CSUMB (Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit) by the Province, says George Maroosis, Chair of the DNSSAB. “I believe the 2013 Budget has found that balance.”
The financial plan outlined in this budget will provide good guidance in 2013 allowing for prudent and effective management of the financial resources of the organization, and at the same time allow the Board to make modest investments that will provide continued support towards achieving its 2014 vision.
The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board’s Vision is to be a leader in partnering internal knowledge and expertise with community resources to enhance opportunities for citizen success. It is responsible for the delivery of social services, such as Ontario Works, Childcare related programs, Social Housing and Emergency Medical Services/Land Ambulance throughout the District of Nipissing.
In 2011, the DNSSAB served approximately 10,000 people through direct housing, childcare, temporary income support and social assistance programs. In addition, approximately 20,000 people called for an ambulance and numerous other citizens benefited from programs and services operated by the many service delivery partners funded by the DNSSAB. Last year, approximately one in nine of the District’s of 87,000 citizens were served by the DNSSAB.