Town of Pinedale update – Town budget and the CAH
Public meeting Feb. 27th
by Town of Pinedale
February 16, 2017
As most of you know there has been a great deal of discussion about the future of health care in Sublette County. It appears a final decision from the County Commissioners regarding the Critical Access Hospital may be coming relatively soon. Part of the equation is the financial participation from the towns. It is my understanding that Big Piney and Marbleton have decided not to participate in the financing of this project. The Pinedale Town Council previously decided to set aside 1 million dollars to help support the Critical Access Hospital. How this money was to be dispersed and used was briefly discussed but nothing was decided. It could be anything from a loan to an outright donation with no strings attached. If we move forward, obviously, the details need to be worked out.
The Council is doing a budget realignment and has added the 1 million dollars to this year’s budget. The new budget must have 3 public hearings before it becomes official. It has passed one reading and must pass two more. We are having a public meeting on Monday, February 27 at 5:00 at the library to discuss this matter. I would like to encourage you to come and express your opinion regarding the town’s financial support of this project.
Health care is a very important part of life in Sublette County. The town’s financial viability is also very important. Everyone has felt the results of declining revenues in the County and Towns. We can no longer support every good idea that comes along. This is a lot of money to take out of our reserves and the councils needs your input on this one. 1 million dollars is a lot of money for the Town of Pinedale. Please do your best to come to the meeting on the 27th of February at 5:00PM.