Democrats object to care-home privatization

Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Myrna Whitworth
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Date Published: 04/21/2013

We strongly object to the Board of County Commissioners’ rush to sell the Frederick County-owned Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living facilities. Here are the facts as we see them: In 1828, the Brunner family sold 94 acres to the county with the proviso that it be used for the benefit of the poor of Frederick County, in perpetuity. With that, they laid the foundation that enabled Frederick County to meet the needs of some of its poorest citizens. Generations of BoCCs of all stripes have built on that foundation; Montevue was established and maintained through good times and bad — the great depression, two world wars, budget surpluses and budget shortfalls — the county taxpayers willingly providing a subsidy to operate the facility. In 1975, Citizens, a skilled nursing facility, was added; then in 2009, ground was broken for new facilities.