Ouachita Council on Aging – The Documents

Last week we wrote about the 11/21/11 meeting of the Ouachita Parish Police Jury (OPPJ), and the Ouachita Council on Aging’s (OCA) request for $100 thousand in police jury funds to replace a state grant that was not renewed. The jury was able to fund only $10 thousand, as their budget is limited.

Two other newspapers wrote about it, but they chose to theme their stories with the implication that old folks are about to go hungry during the holiday season. See them here:

Budget cuts take meals from seniors
Cuts cripple ‘Meals’ program

We decided to dig a little deeper (as has been our custom since starting this newsblog) and see what the OCA tax returns and audit documents tell us.

Over the past three years, total revenues for the organization has indeed declined as follows:

2007-2008 – $1.90 million
2008-2009 – $1.71 million
2009-2010 – $1.70 million

During the same time period, salaries, other compensation, and employee benefits increased as follows:

2007-2008 – $474 thousand
2008-2009 – $493 thousand
2009-2010 – $505 thousand

We have no information on employees during this time period, or whether the number increased or decrease.

See here the form 990 tax returns:

7/1/09 – 6/30/10
7/1/08 – 6/30/09
7/1/07 – 6/30/08

Another interesting expenditure for the past three years was to the Service Corps of Retired Executive (SCORE), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free business mentoring services to entrepreneurs in the United States. For the last two years, the amount was $63 thousand/year and for 07-08, it was $212 thousand.

See here the audit documents:

7/1/09 – 6/30/10
7/1/08 – 6/30/09
7/10/07 – 6/30/08

While this was certainly a legitimate and worthwhile expenditure, perhaps that money would better be spent on meals than on those that are less than needy.

4 Responses to “Ouachita Council on Aging – The Documents”

  1. Garden District Says:

    Yes indeed, and by the way, did you ever have access to the Non Profit that is located in your town, the one that attempts to buy land for the less than appraised value? I remember listening to your Council meeting and you requesting that information and the gentleman in charge being instructed not to answer that question by the Mayor. Can you get that information and share it with the public as it appears that all those Federal Grants are subsidized by TAXES, it would appear that that information is PUBLIC.

    Once again, from the Garden District in Monroe, keep up the good work. Also, please note, we are not happy with our Circumstances nor do we approve of the misuse and abuse of our TAXES either, but at least we have had some investigations, and some arrests- a road not traveled in your home town.

  2. wascator Says:

    Government enterprises always morph into a jobs program (with cool retirement and health insurance bennies, too!). They develop a constituent base of employees and their family members which become a voting bloc. Hence the Wests’ unstoppable march toward economic collapse: everyone knows the bridge is washed out and the train is going to wreck, but no one is willing to lay down in front of the train to stop it.

  3. Rick Godley Says:

    Walter,
    Thanks for what you do. This information was eye opening.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    the Garden District must know that investigations and arrests were only on the federal level never the local or parish level so ty for coming to our area LPNO as the local news only reports on frozen turkeys. The federal prosecutor said in court that this is the most corrupt area that she has seen.

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