YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — York County commissioners voted Wednesday to explore the possibility of selling the county-owned nursing home, saying taxpayers shelled out $75 million to subsidize it over the past 10 years.
Sheri Fulcher works at the Pleasant Acres Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and was quite vocal at the meeting.
“There are people who are not going to be able to afford the pay cuts and the loss of benefits that we’re probably going to take,” Fulcher said.
President Commissioner Susan Byrnes says taxpayers are losing millions of dollars every year.
“Right now in the budget, it’s $11.2 million. Next year, it’s going to be $13 million,” Byrnes said. “Government was not meant to run a nursing home.”
Jay Wenger of Susquehanna Group Advisors expects to have 8 to 10 private companies interested in the home. Current employees would have to reapply for their jobs with the new buyer.
“There are no guarantees. It’s a little bit like building a house – you go to a builder, he doesn’t guarantee that it’s a perfect house,” Wenger said. “He tells you what he’s done in the past. They give you the warranty for all appliances.”
Susan March works for the nursing home and hopes the county can find a better financial solution.
“Maybe they can’t budget their money correctly, I don’t know, but I feel as if there’s a better way,” she said.
It’s expected to take six to nine months to find a buyer.
The commissioners will hold public meetings on Feb. 13, March 7 and March 27. All meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the county’s emergency operations center, at 120 Davies Drive in Springettsbury Township.