General Assistance in Williamson County could be expanding.
The fund was initially set up to help people ages 55-62 who weren’t eligible for any federal assistance, including Social Security.
“It can take up to three years to get on Social Security disability, so what this program was designed to do was to be a stop-gap, to give some financial assistance to someone because they didn’t qualify for other types of aid,” Williamson County Commissioner Ron Ellis says.
Ellis says the program has gone over its $120,000 annual budget.
“Two years ago, we over spent that by $50,000; Last year, we overspent that by $60,000,” Ellis says.
He says the program was suspended because it was too expensive to keep, but a lawsuit was threatened over a reduction in benefits.
Ellis says the state’s attorney has advised the county to expand the program to cover more people, including people ages 18-20.
The meeting is Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Williamson county courthouse.