Monroe County Auditor Pandora Neuhart spoke to the Monroe County Commissioners during their regular session meeting on March 3 about concerns she has about the Monroe County Care Center and Brandy Woods Assisted Living (MCCC). Neuhart was primarily concerned over recent loans given to MCCC from the county.
Over the past few months, the commissioners have loaned a total of $350,000 to MCCC to cover operating expenses and debt. The most recent contribution to this total came in February in the amount of $200,000. Neuhart asked if there was any guarantee that the money would be paid back. Commissioners told her there is never a guarantee but MCCC is starting a payment plan soon.
Commissioner Carl Davis said of the situation, “I don’t like it. I’m with you. But, what else are you going to do?” Commissioners John Pyles added about helping MCCC get through some financially rough times, “If they shut the doors and we lost all the residents and all the jobs, the county would still owe $1.8 million [in bond payments].”
Neuhart questioned if there was wasteful spending at the facility and asked how MCCC would pay back the county when it is paying out $17,000 to $20,000 a month in administrative costs to Progressive Healthcare to manage the facility. Commissioners asserted that a management firm is needed and that much of the financial difficulty came because of a lack of oversight during the two to three year period between Share’s management of the facility and Progressive’s management of the facility. During that time period the facility had an administrator but no management company.