An agreement that would allow Montrose County to fund rural health clinics through the hospital board in 2013 was tentatively reached Tuesday, but not before feisty back-and-forth over the clinics’ cut of past sales tax revenue.
The county says it has been unable to provide direct funding for the West End’s Basin Clinic, or the Olathe Clinic (which will fall fully under federal auspices come Oct. 20), ever since the hospital was leased to a non-profit corporation, Montrose Memorial Hospital Inc., in 2010. (The county challenged the lease in court and appealed a local ruling which upheld the lease.)
The working idea is that some of the public safety sales tax revenue could be disbursed through the MMH board of trustees to the Basin Clinic, which contracts with MMH for medical services on the West End. An agreement between the three parties is therefore necessary, and work toward that end was begun earlier this year, said County Attorney Bob Hill.