Estimates in dispute for sale of Citizens, Montevue

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Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Bethany Rodgers
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Date Published: 06/25/2013

Dollars and cents are a central part of the debate over whether to sell the county-owned nursing and assisted living centers. However, those involved in the argument have yet to agree on exactly what those numbers are. Frederick County’s financial analysis predicts that taxpayers would see a net benefit of more than $12.3 million over the next four years if officials privatize Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living. Opponents of privatization have challenged this summary, saying the figures are skewed to make a $30 million sale to Aurora Health Management look more attractive. Sale opponents also say the facilities could turn a profit if properly managed, an effort to debunk the notion that the centers are bound to keep losing money if they remain under county ownership. These optimistic projections have been challenged by county staff, who say the numbers are flawed because they are based on only one month of data.