HCHD board approves budget for FY 2014
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
The Houston County Hospital District Board of Directors amended its FY 2013 budget and approved its FY 2014 budget when it met Tuesday, Sept. 17. The most significant amendments involved advertising and legal and professional expenditures. The FY 2013 budget was amended to cover the $14,255 the board spent on advertising (contract with public relations firm). The FY 2014 adopted by the board includes another $14,255 for advertising. Another amendment regarded legal and professional fees. The original FY 2013 budget provided for $13,000 in this category, but the board spent $42,253.27 on legal and professional fees the first 11 months of FY 2013. The FY 2014 budget allots $25,000 for legal and professional fees. Expenses included in the FY 2014 budget total $83,855. The projected net income for FY 2014 is $455,374.62. (In a special called meeting on Sept. 10, the board voted to keep the ad valorem tax rate at $0.03/$100 valuation.) Expenses in the FY 2013 amended budget total $89,940. Net income for FY 2013 originally was projected to be $461,852.04. In the amended FY 2013 budget, net income is specified as $449,289.62. Net income for the first 11 months was $451,234.75. The new budget also includes $7,500 for nursing school tuition. The board hopes to award three scholarships. In other business, Dr. Patrick Walker reported the Transition Committee recently met in Nacogdoches with representatives of the Community Hospital Corporation. After the meeting Tuesday, HCHD President Dr. John Stovall said the committee and CHC officials engaged in a round table discussion regarding general goals and plans for transitioning from the ETMC lease to a CHC lease. When minutes from the board's regular Aug. 27 meeting were presented for approval, HCHD Board Vice President Dr. Ray Morrison asked that the minutes be amended to exclude two actions taken at that meeting. At the August meeting, the board unanimously voted to enter into a contract with CHC Consulting, then unanimously reconsidered (recalled) that vote. The board's final action on the issue was to vote in favor of the contract with CHC Consulting, with six members voting in favor and three members abstaining from the vote. Morrison said at Tuesday's meeting that the final vote was the official vote. In his opinion, Morrison stated, it is not necessary to have the first two votes documented in the minutes. At Tuesday's meeting, the board unanimously voted to approve the minutes as amended (without documentation of the first two votes). After conducting its regular business, the board adjourned to meet in executive session with its attorney. No action was taken by the board after that meeting.