Commissioners React to County Home Passage

by Emily Baird on May 5, 2010 at 6:02 am

The Muskingum County Home will remain open.

Voters passed the 2.5 mil levy by around 200 votes in yesterday’s primary, and Commissioner John Bates couldn’t be more pleased.

"I think it will benefit everyone in the county in the long-run because there’s a lot of talk in the future about Medicaid and Social Security. So without that county home, there might be a bigger need in the future than there is now, " says Bates.

Bates says he felt that there was some confusion surrounding the county home levy.

"We shut the old facility down because it’s unsafe. We moved out on the east pike. So, a lot of people thought we don’t have a county home so we don’t need a levy, " says Bates.

Bates says the people of Muskingum County have spoken.

Commissioner Brian Hill says the passing of the levy is not a mandate to build a new facility. He says the vote gives the commissioners time to get the home’s beds certified.