from the Detroit Free Press:
Advocates of a tax-funded nursing home in Macomb County plan a last-minute pitch to commissioners this morning to save the center from closure, saying they can save taxpayers $5 million a year.
The county's Social Services Board, which oversees the administration of the Martha T. Berry Medical Care Facility in Mt. Clemens, will urge commissioners to keep the center open because it cares for more than 200 sick and dying patients who consider it home.
The board says it can cut the center's projected $7-million tax subsidy to $2 million next year and $1 million in 2010.
"The county has a rich tradition of providing 217 beds for the most vulnerable and financially indigent in our community," board Chairman Roger Facione said. "We believe that the mission of the medical center needs to be continued and protected."
At a meeting Tuesday, commissioners are to consider closing the center to chip away at a record $33-million deficit next year.
Norman DeLisle, MDRC
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