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County Home Costs Add Up

Financial Officer Says Entity Would Lose Money Without Subsidies

January 20, 2013

There is a myth that the Chautauqua County Home admits residents, regardless of their ability to pay for services....

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Jan-22-13 7:31 AM

Swanson, get your facts straight and stop being ridiculous. It is not just Dems voting against this, and no one is getting kickbacks. The sale of the home must take place period.

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Jan-21-13 10:43 AM

How many comments need to be written. This is a simple decision. SELL THE HOME. The government and the taxpayers shouldn't be financing this at a loss of 8K per day. I just want to scream at HOYER and his band of knuckleheads

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Jan-20-13 6:57 PM

CharlesK: Simple, our county should leave that playing field.

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Jan-20-13 6:05 PM

"This article is very factual. The Home cannot survive as a County Owned Facility because of the limitations put on it by the State of NY."

This certainly begs the question - why does the State allow the private sector to add the revenue-enhancing options like assisted-living, but won't let the county do that? Un-level playing field in my mind.

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Jan-20-13 3:41 PM

In 2010, the County Home received no Intergovernmental Transfer funds, money given to the home by the county and matched by funding from the state. The County Home ended the year with a net loss of $1,788,542. In 2011, the home received $3,166,812 in IGT funds and ended the year with a net profit of $106,475. According to the income statement, if the home had not received IGT funds, it would have had a loss of $3,006,337.

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Jan-20-13 12:09 PM

Those voting to keep the home county owned are voting to protect the CSEA. The jobs will still be there when a new owner takes over, they just wont be CSEA jobs paying the union $160K per year in dues.

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Jan-20-13 11:12 AM

I believe this issue (selling the home) will determine who is in office next November. I have never seen so much unity on selling the home and the legislators know it.

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Jan-20-13 11:08 AM

I agree with Budzilla..this is such a no brainer that I am surprised that we are still dragging our feet and even talking about it.

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Jan-20-13 11:03 AM

What don't Democrats understand or are the Democarts getting a kickback from the union and is why we need another study instead of voting to close and sell to a private business.

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Jan-20-13 10:48 AM

This article is very factual. The Home cannot survive as a County Owned Facility because of the limitations put on it by the State of NY. It will continue to lose money because its operating cost continue to rise and its income continues to decrease. READ THE FACTS: EMPLOYEE BENEFITS, BASE WAGES, ETC. ACCOUNT FOR 68% OF COSTS AND THAT % RISES WITH EACH YEAR OF EMPLOYMENT. The Legislature needs to review these facts and make an INTELLIGENT DECISION, which I believe that they may possibly be able to do They haven't proven themselves to be able to make intelligent decisions. Maybe it's time to vote out those Legislators who have proven that they don't represent the taxpayer! THE COUNTY HOME NEEDS TO BE SOLD!!!!!

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Jan-20-13 10:38 AM

Offsetting the revenues are the County "Home's expenses. Notably, personal services, including base pay and other expenses - including overtime, clothing allowance and vacation buy back - accounted for 42.7 percent of the home's expenses."

Just a thought, but I know it happens there, start at the bottom floor and work your way up. If an employee calls in sick during a holiday week - they use a paid sick day naturally, but then some come in and work for double time on the holiday. Make it a rule, if you called in sick during the pay week, you are eliminated from the overtime pool on the holiday. This alone can save the company some money. Good money is being made there no matter what department people are working in, why not evaluate if you need that many employees per department, or if jobs can be consolidated.

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Jan-20-13 10:05 AM

Selling is not the answer--getting rid of Edwards is a better option.

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Jan-20-13 9:49 AM

Its time to sell the county home so it can offer more services than just skilled nursing services which will add much needed jobs, substantial property taxes would be paid to help local schools avoid lay offs, the profits made by the new owner would be taxed by the state and fed gov. The new owner will pay the county over 16 million dollars, which we desperately need. Plus we taxpayers will save millions covering the county homes losses.

It will be amazing who would vote to keep the home. We will wait and see.

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Jan-20-13 6:13 AM

idiots running this show. edwards at the top of the list.

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Jan-20-13 5:02 AM

Sell the mess and let someone OTHER than Chautauqua County worry about it!

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