Part of the County’s tax revenue for 2022 will go to County Hospitals – Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) and Campbellford Memorial Hospital (CMH). As reported earlier (see Links below), the two Hospitals’ fund-raising Foundations originally asked for $1M per year for 10 years and after pushback, lowered that to 1% of the County Levy. As well as regular Council Meetings, the County held two special meetings to consider the request with the latest one being at 9:30 am this morning (Thursday November 4). Each Councillor made their position known and their reasoning and it was soon clear that although a majority favoured some kind of support, it was not to the level requested. In the end a recorded vote was taken and a decision made to provide $250K per year for five years.
- Support the Hospitals – 75% to NHH and 25% to CMH
- Amount as agreed – see below
- Annually for a period as agreed – see below
- Only for Capital projects
- It would be added to the tax levy
- It would be subject to a written agreement
Position Statements – Highlights
Bob Sanderson – Port Hope
In favour of supporting the Hospitals – we are all in favour [they are not] and we are just discussing details – we should be lobbying the Province to pay for Capital items – Bob wanted a decision to come out of the meeting.
Brian Ostrander – Brighton
“Struggling with it” – favoured a limited amount – it was his suggestion that it be $250K – agreed that the Province should be paying for Capital items.
John Henderson – Cobourg
Supportive – wants a fixed 5 year term – the cost per month would be less than the price of a cup of tea at Tim Hortons – wants to find the sweet spot.
Bill Cane – Hamilton
Bill said let’s call it what it is, a Tax – it would be on top of an expected large request from Public Works – Hospitals are not a County responsibility – people should have a choice about supporting Hospitals.
Mandy Martin – Deputy Warden – Cramahe
Mandy asked “where is the Private Sector” – Public Health is a Provincial responsibility – the County already spends 25% of the budget on health care – very opposed – and “we are going on emotion”, it’s not a matter of nice guys (or gals) and we are setting a precedent.
Gail Latchford – Alnwick Haldimand
Not in favour of 10 years or a huge amount – having a good hospital helps economic development – the idea should be reviewed annually – it’s not our mandate.
Two motions were passed – the first expressing support and the second with details – final motion below. Both were recorded votes with “weighting” as follows: Alnwick Haldimand (2 votes); Brighton (4 votes); Cobourg (6 votes); Cramahe (2 votes); Hamilton (3 votes); Port Hope (5 votes); Trent Hills (4 votes).
Both votes were:
- Brian Ostrander – In favour
- Mandy Martin – Against
- Bill Cane – Against
- Bob Crate – In favour
- John Henderson – In favour
- Bob Sanderson – In favour
- Gail Latchford – In favour
The weighted results were 17 In favour and 5 Against.
Brian Ostrander moved and Gail Latchford seconded the following (final) motion:
Whereas Northumberland County Council considered the Northumberland Hills and Campbellford Memorial Hospitals’ revised funding request at !he October 20, 2021 meeting, and deferred the matter to a Special Council Meeting to be held on November 4, 2021; and
Whereas Council reviewed the Hospitals’ correspondence dated October 25, 2021 and their latest revised funding request;
Be It Resolved That Northumberland County Council receive the County staff presentation ‘Hospital Funding Request, November 4, 2021’ for information; and
Be it Further Resolved That Council deem it appropriate to fund the two Hospital Foundations in the manner outlined below and Council direct staff to:
a) through a formal Funding Agreement to be prepared by County staff and signed by the Hospitals’ Foundations and the County, provide funding to the Hospital Foundations in the amount of $250,000 on an annual basis for a total of five years, for capital expenses, commencing in 2022, to include:
- Allocation of funds between NHH (75%) and CMH (25%),
- County identification of specific capital items/projects for funding,
- Expenditure eligibility restricted to capital only (exclusive of operating and administrative costs),
- Expenditure eligibility restricting use of funds for debt servicing,
- Payment milestone and certification of expenditures,
- Reporting requirements,
- Submission of a rolling forecast on County funded items/projects, Communication requirements,
- Possible County representation on an appropriate hospital Board and/or Committee.
In response to a media question, staff responded that the impact on the average taxpayer would be $5.14 per year.
- County Council Considering Large Grants to Hospitals – 23 October 2021
- County Information – including County mandate, Councillor names and tax information
- County Official Announcement