Since McHenry County Board member Mike Walkup, a former member of the Valley Hi Nursing Home Operating Board, is running for Chairman of the McHenry County Board, the following comment he made under the article
might be of interest:
To correct Mr. Skala’s comment, Valley High has an annual operating cost of around TEN Million Dollars.
Prior to this year it was bringing in approximately 9.5 Million Dollars in revenues from various sources including private pay, Medicare and Medicaid.
This created a deficit of around $500K per year which was paid out of the levy.
Previous levy amounts had been as high as SIX Million Dollars per year.
This was reduced to THREE Million Dollars while I was on the VH Operating Board.
This past year, due to problems in Springfield, it only took in about 9 Million Dollars, so the deficit was ONE Million Dollars (some of that may still be owed and received later).
Operating expenses have NEVER been THREE Million Dollars as Mr. Skala claimed.
The latter figure is the amount of this year’s Levy, and does not represent either operating costs or the deficit amount.
Although there have been “many discussions about the large balance” these have taken place in a couple of committees and not with the participation of the full Board, nor has anything resulted from those discussions to date.
We just keep kicking the can further down the road and every year that can costs the taxpayers another $3 Million.
Meanwhile we continue to accumulate and enlarge a nest egg that is going to be used for what, exactly?
As an aside, which may be further covered in what appears to be another contemplated installment, the Finance Director stated later in the meeting that when we reduced the levy amounts in previous years, that did not result in any savings to the taxpayers as that money was just shifted into other funds.
The jaws of several Finance Committee members dropped noticeably at that point.
We will be taking this up further at Tuesday’s Board meeting, I expect.
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