Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Worth County Care & Rehab Passes Budget with $57,000 Surplus

The Worth County Care & Rehab Center board passed a budget with a projected surplus of around $57,000 for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Last year's surplus was around $53,000. This includes the money from the voter-approved tax levy. The budget was based on a census of 18 residents for the coming fiscal year. The census as of Wednesday evening was 19 residents. It was at 21; however, there was one resident discharged and one in the hospital. There were no Medicare Part A patients as of Wednesday.

Administrator Bev Miller reported that the CD rate at Great Western Bank was .05; for instance, that would come out to an estimated $16.88 a quarter. They are currently earning $168 a quarter at the place where they are currently banking.

The annual Labor Day Picnic will be on September 1st at 5:30. Carolyn Hardy and the Family Circle Singers will perform.

Administrator Bev Miller reported that she had looked into offering home health services. She learned that the facility would have to obtain a second business license from the state, they would have to obtain separate staff, policies, procedures, training materials and get a new administrator and supervisor. Minimum staff would require two RN's and two CNA's, a billing manager, and separate training. For instance, Miller could work for the home health operation; however, it would have to be done separately. Estimated startup costs would be around $100,000. She said she had spoken to Aegis, who handles the facility's therapy. She said that they had expressed interest in doing it for the facility, but they would have to work out logistics.

The board interviewed potential candidates for secretary. Victoria Rush is leaving; she is helping out until the board hires a new secretary. The board set the tax levy at 35 cents per $100 assessed valuation. This is not a new tax, but a continuation of the current voter-approved levy.

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