Dallas Budget Proposal Includes Cuts to HIV Programs, Official Says
June 5, 2009
The Dallas City Manager's Office is proposing to cut $325,000 from the city's general fund for HIV/AIDS education, outreach and prevention programs, according to a city official, the Dallas Voice reports. The city is facing a $190 million budget deficit. Karen Rayzer, director of the city's Environmental and Health Services department, said the funding currently allows agencies such as the AIDS Interfaith Network, Resource Center of Dallas and Dallas County Health and Human Services to serve 20,200 people annually, most of whom are low-income and minorities. Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, said in the event the cuts are approved, he is hoping they can be restored with funds from the Texas Department of State Health Services (Wright, Dallas Voice, 6/4).
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