Supervisors Hear From Summer Haven Residents 

The Kearney County Board of Supervisors received the Kearney County Health Services FY 22/23 budget during the June 7 regular meeting. Luke Poore and Gavin Blum from KCHS provided an overview of the budget.

Assumptions for volumes are similar to the current fiscal year, but adjustments were made in the budget for expected growth as well as changes in Medicare sequestration and increases in salaries. The KCHS representatives explained the hospital reduced its tax asking by $200,000 for the 21/22 fiscal year as a show of good faith to the County, but they are asking for $400,000 again for the 22/23 fiscal year.

The board voiced concerns about the higher figure because the hospital has become profitable in recent years. Blum explained the tax asking will be used for capital purchases and infrastructure improvement rather than paying for operations as it did in the past. Providing the higher tax asking will allow the hospital to plan upgrades into the future to continue the growth and profitability of KCHS without a bond issuance.

see June 15 Courier for full story