Provider cites burdensome rules including new minimum wage ordinance in rejecting the $207,000 allocated in the 2022-2023 Social Services Budget.
Social Services Director David Guigni informed the Human Services Commission that Saban Community Clinic was pulling out of consideration for funding during the review of the upcoming budget that runs from October 1st 2022- September 30th 2023 funding period.
Guigni read from prepared remarks: “Subsequent to the final staff report being posted on the cities website the Saban Community Clinic notified staff they would be withdrawing their application from the funding process. Citing burdensome administrative requirements of the contract, the long term impact of Covid on clinic’s staff, future ramifications of the city’s living wage ordinance on the agency as a whole, among other factors.”
“Originally staff had recommended a funding allocation of $207,702 to enter into the contract with Saban.”
Sidenote: Saban has ‘passed’ on over $200,000 in free grant money due to the administrative reqirements and effects of the living wage ordinance and its provisions. Other service providers that ‘accept’ the social services funding will be spending ‘more’ dollars on the same ‘administrative requirements’ and payroll, and ‘less’ dollars on services for those who need it most.