Maple Lawn needs a county bail-out from COVID-19 financial crisis

Maple Lawn, the Branch county-owned nursing care facility, faces a financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Without a short-term cash infusion of nearly $ 1 million, nursing home administrator Jane Sabaitis warned, “We won’t be able to make payroll.”

She also asked the county commission for long-term relief in the form of a 10-year 0.99 property tax millage. That would need to go onto the November general election ballot requiring a commission decision before Aug. 16.

Commissioner Tom Matthew said a half mill was already approved in 2016 through 2035 for the last expansion and improvements. He is not ready to ask citizens for more.

“We need to work with what we have,” he said.

That millage tax revenue cannot be used for anything but bond payments.

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