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Saratoga leaders hope the worst is over

2011 sees county spending down savings, nursing home at forefront

Saratoga County Board of Supervisors chairman Thomas N. Wood, III addresses a meeting of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.

Saratoga County Board of Supervisors chairman Thomas N. Wood, III addresses a meeting of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Julie Cushine-Rigg.

— A review of options will then be conducted by the Public Health Committee and ultimately the full Board of Supervisors. A report by Harris Beech is expected by July or August, according to Wood.

It is project Maplewood Manor will operate at a $10 million deficit in 2012. Since 2004, the county general fund has lost over $41 million operating the nursing home.

“The magnitude of this loss is unsustainable and has nearly depleted the county fund balance,” said Wood.

Patient cost is said to be $330 per day. The county is reimbursed at a rate of $160 per day.

Looking to revenue generators, options for the landfill in Northumberland, which “has never seen a bag of trash,” according to Wood, are also being explored.

Wood added that the county has also been coordinating with GlobalFoundries to have an informational session in order to find out more about what that major Malta player is doing.

“We are experiencing some tough times but I know tough times never last, tough people do,” said Wood.

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