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Commissioners review proposed public health budget

By Sue Sitter - | Jul 24, 2021

Sue Sitter/PCT Pierce County Commissioners review a public health budget for 2022 submitted by Lake Region District Health Unit Administrator Allen McKay, center.

Pierce County Commissioners reviewed a budget submitted by Lake Region District Health Unit Administrator Allen McKay July 19 at a special session in the Pierce County Courthouse.

McKay outlined the budget, which includes revenues from mill levies in Benson, Eddy, Pierce and Ramsey Counties. Pierce County’s levy in the 2022 budget amounted to $144,322 dollars.

Other revenues from patient fees as well as contributions from state and federal programs amounted to $2,257,545 for the entire region.

Revenues for other Lake Region District Health Unit programs include $119,951 for family planning and $227,524 for the federal Women Infants and Children supplemental food program known as WIC.

Expenses totaled $2,257,545 for all programs. Salaries for employees throughout the region took the largest portion of the budget at $1,119,299. Contract salaries totaled $5,000. Employee benefits totaled $382,421.

Vaccine programs, including those for COVID, totaled $300,000. Flu vaccines totaled $100,000. Pierce County commissioners will discuss the preliminary public health budget at their regular monthly meeting, to be held Aug. 3 in the Pierce County Courthouse.

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