County facing budget shortfall of over $500,000

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 01:12 PM.

County administrator Don Butler said county taxpayers might not see direct relief from the transition, but he said the belief among staff was taking over probation services would provide a new revenue stream of an estimated $75,000.

Additionally, taxpayers will benefit by the jail coordinating probation services to bring more fiscal efficiency to operating the jail and its inmates.

Commissioners approved the consent agenda, and the move to bring probation services in-house, 3-2 with Bryan and McDaniel opposed.

Wewahitchka Health Department

Marsha Lindeman, executive director of the Gulf County Health Department, and Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Health Systems were on hand on the direction of Commissioner Carmen McLemore to clear up information about the Wewahitchka facility.

McLemore noted that he had campaigned for the half-cent sales tax for Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf to defray indigent care. He also referred to his opposition of Lindeman as health department administrator of 18 months ago.

He said he was getting calls about the Health Department closing its Wewahitchka facility on June 30 and about mass layoffs and in a confrontational tone queried Lindeman and Hall.

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