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Antrim County Commission on Aging Suspends Several Programs and Jobs

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Big cuts this month at a local agency that helps senior citizens.

With snow removal costing more than expected last winter, and cuts from the federal sequester, the agency is left with a budget shortfall at the end of the year.

The Antrim County Commission on Aging suspended 3 of its in-home programs and laid off 12 employees for the rest of this year.

More than 100 senior citizens will be without in-home care services because of a budget shortfall the director ran into last winter.

Michael Neubecker, the Commission on Aging director says, "We really put a lot of money out on snow removal for our seniors that are at risk in order for us to get in to provide them services safely."

The Commission on Aging usually has a $65,000 snow removal budget, but last year spent $135,000. This, plus a $30,000 federal cut from the sequester is hurting those in need. Now, they're trying to make up the difference.

9&10's Katie Boomgaard dug deeper to find out what this means for those who rely on these services.