Commissioners Discuss Hospital Board; Want Interlocal Agreement

Last week trustees on the Bay Health Foundation Board voted to fill their vacancy, appointing Olivia Cooley, but that nomination must be approved by county commissioners, who've said they feel like one of them should sit on the board.

Commissioners say they want a voice on issues like the hospital's pension fund that could wind up as the taxpayers' responsibility.

"We have an obligation to the employees of Bay Medical to make sure that this pension fund is there when they need it," said Bay County commissioner George Gainer.

Tuesday, commissioners said a consultant says the pension could be underfunded as much as $15 million.

Commissioners want to use leftover money from the Bay Medical-Sacred Heart lease agreement to go into the pension fund, they also say they want an interlocal agreement.

"Our concern right now is just having that discussion with the Board of Trustees about having an interlocal agreement and addressing that short fall that we see in the pension," said Bay County commissioner Bill Dozier.

Commissioners tabled the vote on Cooley's nomination for 30 days.

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