We’ve been reporting for the last couple of years on the scramble by county governments to continue paying for social services, especially those that benefit the elderly, even as costs continue to rise.
The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting that Clinton County officials have decided that paying for home health care is just too much. By privatizing the program, they hope to save taxpayers $2 million a year.
“There are 80,000 people who live in this county and they are the silent majority,” Robert Butler (R-Area 6, Saranac) said.
“Those 80,000 people have to have a spokesman, too. We have a responsibility to everyone and we can’t look the other way for the people who are not here.”
The county has provided this service for forty-five years. It may take as long as a year for the license to be sold and transferred to a private company, expected to be a firm called Home Healthcare of Rochester.