Care Center Sale Is Best Course

Action Monroe County commissioners took after discussing potential sale of the county-owned Care Center made it clear divesting themselves of the facility is the best course.

Several weeks ago, Commissioners Carl Davis and Tim Price voted to sell the facility. Commissioner Mick Schumacher voted against the move.

That plan, which would have netted commissioners $500,000, was put on hold after a Jerusalem resident, Carson McCurdy, protested that bids should have been sought for the center.

On Tuesday, McCurdy met with Price and Davis and reiterated his offer to buy the nursing home for as much as $650,000 — subject to him examining the facility’s financial records to ensure it can be profitable. Davis and Price agreed to consider any other offers that are made.

After that discussion, commissioners had to approve a $24,400 advance of county funds to the center. During the past five years, the county’s coffers have been drained by more than $7 million to keep the center afloat, Price said.

That makes it clear that commissioners must find a buyer. Monroe County cannot afford to continue subsidizing the center.

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