Alpena Commissioners Approve Increase of DHD#4 Allocation
Fri, 02 Mar 2018 06:03:57 EST

Alpena County Commissioners have approved of an increase in an allocation for the District #4 Health Department.

The action came after the commissioner Finance Committee rejected a funding increase, the result of a tied vote.

Full board members expressed frustration that the request came late, but as Commissioner Bob Adrian explained, it was in part his fault, as he did not submit the heath board decision in a timely manner to the county. As a result, the increase was not budgeted for, and there is a timing problem, as the county has it's budget ready for approvals in November, well before the health board finalizes it's budget in December.

The health board decided to impose a 2% funding increase for member counties of Alpena, Montmorency, Presque Isle and Cheboygan, prorated in part on population. Alpena pays just over 2-hundred thousand dollars ($200,464.00) and the increase of 2% totals just under 4-thousand dollars.

In discussion, it was noted if the request was not approved, the department would likely increase various fees to Alpena County residents to make up the balance as in the past. Some members cited frustration that unilateral requests are made and the process is like being held hostage.

Adrian pledged to ask that the health board have their budget completed and submitted to counties by October, so increases in allocations can be included in the county budget process.

Alpena DHD#4 Office.


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