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January 11, 2013

Board of Health to maintain flat budget

CLINTON — Health agencies are on pace to maintain relatively stagnant budgets for 2013-2014.

Expenditures had few changes and revenue was replicated from fiscal year 2013 to 2014 for the Clinton County Board of Health.

Clinton County Board of Health approved the annual budget at a meeting on Thursday. Genesis VNA and Hospice reported a budget roughly similar to last year, with a couple funds being rearranged, according to Community Health Manager Michele Cullen.

Community health education and outreach will see a big change in hours from fiscal year 2013 to 2014. Staff are planning on investing 450 hours compared to 175 hours in 2013. Hours worked by lead and support staff will decrease from 832 hours to 300 hours.

Women’s Health Services requested funding for HIV Screening to continue to offer the testing and counseling resources to men and women in Clinton County. For fiscal year 2014, they are requesting $3,500 to cover the cost of rapid HIV testing supplies and administration staff time for testing approximately 100 individuals and continue staff training to keep current on HIV, AIDS and relevant topics to provide up to date counseling and education.

It also must pay for promotional costs to advertise HIV testing and conduct testing at health fairs and community events. WHS also is requesting $10,000 in funding to continue providing the Teen Success program in Clinton County for fiscal year 2014. The program offers counseling and support to teen mothers. Funding covers the cost for the health educator for two semesters, travel costs, program incentives for classes and supplies and materials for classes.

Environmental services had increases in revenues and expenditures. Revenues increased by approximately 4 percent with $3,990 due to an expected increase in water well. Expenditures saw an increase of 1.4 percent for a total of  $2,408. These increases included a 3 percent increase in the cost of living for Director Bob Summers and Office Assistant Vicki Kinney. Subscriptions, mileage, printing, maintenance of office equipment and dues and memberships all increased for a total of $10,000. Benefit expenditures increased by $2,207, stemming out of an increase in the health benefit plan.

The Board of Health budget had little changes in expenses and revenue for 2014. Personal and Family Health Service fund only had a slight increase from $322,903 in 2013 to $328,796. An increase in the fund was due to the health promotion line item increase from $36,470 to $42,850, while the assigned funds for public health nurses decreased from $2,487 to $2,000. Communicable disease was another priority as money alloted increased from $37,975 to $40,000. The total budget increased from $378,328 to $386,246.

Revenue for Board of Health remained exactly the same from 2013 to 2014 with $258, 511. Big contributors to the revenue include Home Care Aide Grant with $120,518,  and Public Health Nurse Grant with $39,286.

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