Preliminary numbers not good for North Central programs

With extensive cuts across the board to many critical programs in the state budget, officials at the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission (NCPRPDC) are feeling the heat.With projected revenue factored in for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, at first glance, officials may be facing a deficit of well over $3 million."There were a lot of unknowns with the budget this year and we kind of wanted to see what our best guess was going to be on our programs as far as the revenue we expected to see and after we started putting this together, we decided to compare it to where we were last year so the board can see what we're working with-- and really how much less we're working with compared to last year," said Jim Charney, Director of Finances at North Central. "I went down through the different departments and broke out individual grants that you'll see throughout the year. "Some of the numbers are definite-- we have contracts for them- but a lot of them still have some uncertainty to them, so again, we're putting forth our best guess at this point."The grants and programs falling under community development are roughly $14,000 less than last year, a decrease most officials are calling minor. However, some potentially devastating cuts include a $92,000 hit to the commission's Women, Infants and Children [WIC] program, an initiative that has flourished in recent years.Another potentially damaging hit comes to workforce development and the workforce investment board-- these line items combined stand to suffer at least a $3 million hit.