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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • McPherson Co. Health Department considers lack of funds

  • The McPherson County Health Department may be short on funds in 2014 and that may mean fees increases.
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  • The McPherson County Health Department may be short on funds in 2014 and that may mean fees increases.
    McPherson County commissioners on Tuesday approved a health department application to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for grants for the state formula, maternal and child health, family planning, and immunization action. The total amount requested for 2014 is $132,029, compared to the $124,275 requested for 2013.
    Fern Hess, director of the health department, said she expects the state to provide $85,000 in grants, compared to the $88,103 received for the 2013 fiscal year.
    Hess said the application for the 2014 fiscal year, which starts on July 1, and goes to June 30, 2014, will not be processed until the summer, at which point the county health department adjusts its available budget last-minute. The remaining expenses are then paid through fees and county support.
    Hess said fees might need to be increased if the department’s grant funds are reduced.
    The application requires a list of total actual expenses before the state determines the amount of funding the department will receive.
    Hess said the reduction in potential funds is mostly due to inflation and gradual expense increases.
    Hess said she remains optimistic.
    “I’m acutely aware of the potential, but we’ll wait and see,” Hess said.
    In other business:
    •  The commission approved an application from community corrections for a $386,000 grant. The grant is applied for annually.
    • Commissioners approved $253,941 for cast-in-place county road and bridge projects. The bid comes from Claver Construction of Galva, who will design the bridges.
    • Commissioners approved $6,945 for the purchase of seven tires for a motor grader.

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