Proposed Cost Increase for Pioneer Home Residents

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Residents at Alaska's pioneer homes may see a rate increase of between 40 percent and nearly 140 percent according to the Associated Press. Director of Pioneer Homes, Clinton Lasley, says the rate increases would be to cover Governor Dunleavey's proposed budget cuts.

The low-cost option which currently costs 2 thousand 5 hundred 88 dollars per month would increase by over a thousand dollars to $3 thousand 6 hundred 23 under the proposal. Those who would face the possible increase of 140 percent are those with higher staffing needs. Lasley says if elders are not able to pay, they would not be evicted.

We will have more on this story as it develops.