Delay the sale of Citizens & Montevue

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Source: Frederick News Post
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Date Published: 05/02/2013

Next year, Frederick County’s publicly owned assisted-living homes could post a $1.5 million profit. When we heard that piece of budget information, delivered by four members of the Board of Trustees for Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living during an editorial board on Tuesday, we were swayed. It’s true that the facilities have historically been heavily subsidized by county taxpayers, but that was before the two assisted-living facilities were completely rebuilt and reopened in June 2012. Let’s set aside the legal debate about the meaning of the original deed, for a moment, which may end up tested in court, the four trustees said. And also put out of your mind the moral argument — the trauma privatization could cause to residents, the job fears of the staff, or that the destitute population of seniors for whom Montevue is the last stop in life will have nowhere else to go. The compelling argument is this: the potential for these recently rebuilt, state-of-the-art facilities is only beginning to be realized. For that reason, we support a delay in the county’s move to sell this facility to a private company.