BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. - Saratoga County Supervisors moved forward Tuesday night with plans to sell the county-run nursing home Maplewood Manor after months of heated debate.
Supervisors voted 16 to 5 in favor of passing the resolution to transfer county-owned nursing home to a local development corporation.
In a room filled with Saratoga County citizens, everyone who spoke was opposed to handing over the county's only nursing home into the hands of a local development corporation.
Among those speaker was Dorothy Tyler, whose mother currently stays at Maplewood Manor. "I worry about my mom about the people that are there and the future," she said.
During the meeting she asked the supervisors to reconsider before they placed their vote. Tyler says her top concern is the quality of the care changing. "We have to take care of our seniors. If we don't who will," Tyler asked.
After heated discussion, only a handful of supervisors opposed the LDC take over. "I think we should cut our expenses elsewhere," said the Patti Southworth, of Ballston.
"As I listen to some of my fellow supervisors, I am still waiting to hear some of their hard decisions," added John Lawler, the Supervisor from Waterford.
One town supervisor says that problem amounted to the county losing around $25,000 a day to keep Maplewood operating, a huge drain on the county's budget.
The development corporation will take over and has plans to borrow up to ten million dollars for Maplewood's operations. "Now we go forward with a permissive referendum. We'll ask county residents to sign a petition and have the residents vote on it," said Tyler.
Supervisors say the issue could go to court. Tyler has 45 days to gather signatures from area residents. She hopes to gather more than 10,000 signatures.
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