State comes through with woman’s PFD

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Thousands of Alaskans were thankful in October when they received their permanent fund dividends, but one Nikiski woman had to postpone giving thanks until this month.

When Jan Lautt finally did receive her $845.76, she was thankful — and excited — nonetheless.

Because of an error by the Alaska Permanent Fund Division, Lautt did not receive a dividend in October, and when she called officials, she was told they would not be able to correct the mistake and get a check to her until January or February next year. Officials said a simple human error caused the problem initially, but because the state was installing a new computer system to issue such things as dividends, Lautt would have to wait.

She persisted, however, and eventually got through to Paul Dick, chief of operations for the dividend division, who agreed to issue a special check to her.

The check arrived in November.

When asked if receipt of the check would mean a nicer Christmas for Lautt and her family, she said it would go to pay off some bills.

Lautt’s husband and daughter are disabled and Lautt cares for other disabled people through Job Ready.

“Because the check helped with the bills, it means we won’t be strapped for Christmas this year,” Lautt said Monday.

“It was just good to have it. What a wonderful surprise,” she said.

“It was perfect timing.”

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