FOREST CITY, Iowa- Earlier this year the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors discussed the idea of pulling out of the County Social Services program to start a mental health services more local, but those on the board say that idea won’t work because Iowa Code prohibits that.
The discussion started because of how much the county is paying taxes to the County Social Services program in Blackhawk County saying that each person in the county must pay around $33 towards the program, but they don’t have access to the resources. They say there are several people in the Winnebago County that could benefit from the program, but because of bed space, no one from the Winnebago County area is receiving help from the County Social Services program.
On Thursday representation from the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors was in Blackhawk County to discuss how funds are being used. They say the board is voting on using more money for programs because if they don’t utilize all of the funds they will ultimately lose them, but those on the board say many of the services they are trying to fund are not necessary and could cost more money to the tax payers down the road.
Those we spoke with say mental health is an issue in Winnebago County and they would rather see their money used more locally.
“There's people here right in town and we already have we have some facilities,” says Mary Loden of Forest City. “I know that they are not state run homes but I’d love to see our 33 dollars per person get funded right to the mosaic program.”
Between Winnebago, Worth and Hancock County, more than a million local dollars goes towards the County Social Services program.