Friday, June 1, 2012

County leaders to discuss budget

Departments set to make funding requests next week

Express Staff Writer

Blaine County commissioners next week will continue discussions of the 2013 budget and possible solutions to the county's need for skilled nursing.

The board will hold two meetings next week, convening for a special budget meeting Monday in addition to its regular meeting Tuesday.

According to the county's agenda, departments are set to continue budget requests beginning at 9 a.m. Monday. Blaine County GIS, the prosecuting attorney and Land Use and Building Services will make their pitches, and outside agency Southern Idaho Solid Waste District is set to request funds as well.

Budget discussions are expected to continue Tuesday morning at 11:15 a.m., when E-911 Communications Director Robin Stellers will make her request.

Stellers' pitch will follow the commissioners' 10 a.m. discussion of the county's request for information from skilled-nursing facilities throughout Idaho.

The county released a request for information to 78 skilled nursing providers throughout Idaho earlier this month, with responses due today. Information sought includes the business plan of the company's existing facilities as well as a plan for a facility in the valley, the type of care the company would provide and a number of quality measures.

County Administrator Derek Voss said the county would review the information received and determine its next steps.

Both meetings will be held at the Old County Courthouse in Hailey, and are open to the public. Katherine Wutz:

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