A couple weeks ago I submitted OPRA requests in search of what is happening with our PEER money. One request was ignored. Here is the pertinent part of the request and the response:
Your Citizen Service Request Details
Activity was posted on a service request ID#: 12516 that you filed.
The service request and activity details appears below:
Service Request Details:
- ID#: 12516
- Date: 9/13/2011 10:06 AM
- Type: Clerk to the Board
- Comments: Monthly amount of checks from Cumberland Manor to County Treasurer for 2009, 2010, & 2011 to-date.Amount per month allocated from Peer 2009, 2010. Amounts dispensed from Peer funds & to whom 2009-2010
- Date\Time: 9/21/2011 3:27 PM
- User: patriciahu
- Comments: Your OPRA request # 12516 sought access to the following:”Monthly amount of checks from Cumberland Manor to County Treasurer for 2009, 2010, & 2011 to-date.”
“Amount per month allocated from Peer 2009, 2010. Amounts dispensed from Peer funds & to whom 2009-2010.”
Currently, your request fails to identify with reasonable clarity the specific government records sought, as is required by Bent v. Stafford Police Department, 381 N.J.Super. 30, 37 (App. Div. 2005). At this time, we request clarification of your OPRA request. Please respond in writing and identify the specific government records sought so that we may process your request. Failure to provide written clarification of your request will result in the closure of this OPRA request.
1)What Revenue Source are you requesting?
2)We will provide a list of peer group funds awardees & amounts by Thursday, 9/29/11.
You may reply to OPRA@co.cumberland.nj.us
The county did send me all contracts pertaining to the allocation and dispensation of PEER funds. But this question worries me – “1)What Revenue Source are you requesting?”
What part of “Monthly amount of checks from Cumberland Manor to County Treasurer for 2009, 2010, & 2011 to-date” did they not understand? I want to know the amount of every check written from The Manor to the County Treasurer. Maybe my grammar was improper? I replied with the clarification that I wanted to know the amount of EVERY check written from the Manor TO the County Treasurer. They have so far ignored that request – which is going to leave me no recourse but to go to court.
However, what I understand is that there is a check written to the County Treasurer in the amount of $80,000 (more or less) every month. This money, as my sources have told me (the county has absolutely NO information on PEER) is for the PEER program which allocates the money for services to the aged and disabled for the purpose of keeping this population out of nursing homes.
$80,000 a month times 12 months equals $960,000 a year. I am simply asking, what happens to this money. After tallying the monies, it appears there is a consistent amount of money in the range of $250,000 a year allocated to county non-profits to provide these services. My question is this – what happened to the other more then HALF A MILLION?