County to pay hospital $526K

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

The Quay County Commission agreed to a $526,254 payment to Dan Trigg Memorial Hospital for its hospital operations for 2007-2008 at its meeting Monday.

The payment request reflects an overall 4 percent increase for inflation, or $71,622, over its payment request last fiscal year for a total budget of $1.862 million, hospital administrator Matt Posinski said.

“The hospital is one of the community’s lifelines and we appreciate your support,” Posinski said.

Hospital Board Chairman C.J. Wiegel thanked the commission for its funding.

In other hospital matters, Posinski said the hospital expected to have a physician who will have privileges at the hospital by spring, and hopefully, two by summer.

“It takes 12 to 18 months to recruit physicians,” Posinski said.

Commissioners were concerned that the increase would stretch the county’s budget.

“I think we will have money to satisfy the increase, with increases in gross receipts,” said commissioner Bill Curry.
Any shortfalls will be made up by increases in property tax revenues and other taxes through future development projects such as the Ute Lake Ranch, ethanol plant and others, the commissioners said.

The commissioners also covered in other business:
l A proposal was made by Tony Elebario, supervisor of the Quay County Detention Center, to place some prisoners on ankle bracelet monitors. This would reduce the prison population and county’s costs for housing the inmates.

Ankle bracelets would be worn by prisoners on work release and prisoners would pay a daily fee — $10 was a suggested amount. A vendor who sells the bracelets is expected to make a presention to commissioners in the future.