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APD looks to rein in spending

By Lynn Hatter

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Tallahassee, FL – The Florida agency that deals with developmentally disabled Floridians has to cut 85-million dollars from its budget. But as Lynn Hatter reports, how do it is proving a difficult task.

During a meeting at its headquarters Thursday, the agency took suggestions on how to scale back its budget. One of them included speeding up the implementation of the iBudget. It gives families a fixed amount of money to spend on services. But acting agency director Brian Vaughan says the agency isn't ready to expand the program just yet.

"I don't think there's a way that we can rapidly and effectively implement the entire iBudget next month. We just we can't do it. And as I mentioned earlier, it is a tool, and I do see it as a cost-containment tool for the future."

But the agency has little time. The legislature has given it a deadline of July 1st to come up with a plan to rein in spending.