Nursing home issue puts county at risk

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The Champaign County Nursing Home is struggling to stay afloat. Now, other county departments are getting nervous as it might take them down with it.

The county keeps having to bail out the nursing home. If it’s not sold to a private company, the county might have to cut up to 30-jobs.

By giving money to the nursing home, the county is taking money from other county offices. They say it’s not only hurting them but everyone.

“I’m not sure there’s a lot of room left to cut in personnel, in our department.”

The Champaign County Clerk’s Office isn’t alone. Many departments are scared the nursing home is taking every last cent of the allocated budget. If it happens, cuts across the board are inevitable starting next year.

“I heard what Snider had to say and he told us it’s going to be a tight budget.”

The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office knows what it’s like to be tight on cash. In 2008, it had to cut eight different positions.

“No, we’ve never been able to hire those deputies back, which does impact how we can serve the citizens that need us.”

More cuts mean fewer officers on the street, resulting in a slower response time. That, in turn, would hurt taxpayers throughout the county.

They’re not the only ones feeling threatened.

“Our cuts would have an office-wide impact and have a negative impact on the services we’re able to offer.”

While they wait for someone from the private sector to buy the nursing home, they’ll be pulling straws for who will wind up on the chopping block.

“In my opinion, if they’re going to be cuts to a county department, they should cut the nursing home which is causing the financial difficulties for the rest of the county.”

Many departments are having a budget meeting with Richard Snider Wednesday night. The meeting will address when and if money will be pulled.

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