CAMBRIDGE -- Henry County voters may get a chance to weigh in on taxpayer support for Hillcrest Nursing Home.
The Henry County Finance Committee voted Tuesday to recommend that the county board consider placing an advisory referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot to allow voters to decide whether public funds should continue to be used to help support Hillcrest Home. The county board meets Thursday.
"They are not asking for a tax increase or a tax to be implemented," county administrator Colleen Gillaspie said.
The county historically has supported retirement benefits and insurance costs through Federal Insurance Contribution Act, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund and tort levies, which this year amounted to $800,000 or 14 percent of the home's total budget of $5,758,679.
Most of the nursing home's funding comes from private pay and the state, through Medicare.
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