Stokes County's Work First to work under state guidelines
DANBURY - The Stokes County Board of Commissioners voted yesterday to change the designation of the county's Work First Program to operate under the state's standard program.
Work First is what North Carolina calls its welfare program.
The board's decision to operate under the state's Work First Program guidelines forfeits the county's right to set its own eligibility requirements.
After Stokes' welfare program budget was cut by more than 20 percent, the board decided to change the county's designation to standard because state money will cover any overspending.
The county usually spent more than what had been allocated for the next fiscal year, said Jan Spencer, the county's director of social services.
The county's Work First plan will be further discussed at a public hearing during the commissioners' regular meeting Feb. 26.
Final approval of the county's Work First program will be on the commissioners' agenda next month.