Tempers flared over the weekend, on WFMD's Frederick's Forum, between Frederick County Commissioners' President Blaine Young and several trustee board members who sit for Montevue Assisted Living and Citizens Nursing Care. The commissioners are looking carefully at selling the facility. "Since the year 2000 the county has lost $50 million dollars in operating costs.
"First of all I think the private sector needs to give it an opportunity for a proposal to be entertained. Once that RFP is done and the county, ultimately, decides no, we're in it," said Young.
Young said the board of trustees saw the RFP online and was aware of what was happening, but Dr. Sonya Sperlik disagreed. "That is blatantly incorrect. We did not. We read about it in the newspaper on October 26th that you were going to do an exploratory sale process. What does an exploratory sale process do to you? We were in shock," said Sperlik.
In a statement Young said: "They agreed to the necessity of the process at their fall meeting. They understood that until the sale option was explored and ultimately put to rest in some form, the idea would never really die. It would continue to be a discussion point for a future board or county executive. When the trustees realized that viable offers were presented for exploration, they have now raised their heads in protest".
"The current Montevue resident mix is 60 subsidized and 15 private pay, and if operations remain stable, the loss for fiscal 2014 is projected to be $2.2 million. Using additional revenue sources such as move-in fees and transportation fees, private rate increases and level of care fees, as well as decreasing the number of subsidized residents to 38, Montevue is projected to lose $1.1 million, which still represents an overall loss," stated Young.
Commissioner Young says they have received six offers on the proposal, with four being eliminated.