MOUNT VERNON — Finances and departmental plans for the year were the topics of discussion when Knox County Health Commissioner Julie Miller gave her quarterly health department update to the Knox County Board of Commissioners on Monday morning.
“The budget is going to be extremely tight this year. But we’ll be OK if we don’t have any heavy hits,” said Miller, explaining that hours have been reduced for a few individuals and that there will be no salary increases in 2013. Collection from the successful levy passage in November will begin in March 2014. “So we have about 15 months,” she said.
“We’re going to get by. There’s a lot of things being put on hold because we can’t do all the expenditures.”
One example Miller cited is the building’s roof which will need replaced at some point.
“But we’re positive,” said Miller. “The good thing about 2013 is planning, because we have the Community Health Assessment complete, the staff is pretty secure, and we can start working on a strategic plan and prioritize what we want to do when we get the money so we spend it wisely.”
One area that could use a new staff person is the health clinic where Miller says work with the nursing director is backing up which is “not efficient or effective at all.” This will be one of the first areas addressed in 2014.
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