I support Centre County Commissioner Michael Pipe’s plan for Centre Crest.
The surprise vote seems to have been designed to pre-empt the public from considering his proposal and providing input. It makes us distrustful of public servants who use such tactics.
The Bellefonte area would lose more than $1 million when employees lose benefits and jobs related to payroll and purchasing and when administrative services are outsourced to a private company based outside of Centre County.
If a reasonable raise in taxes would solve the financial issues with Centre Crest remaining a county-run operation, I think most taxpayers would be willing to pay more to ensure good care for our neighbors who are without the resources to get care elsewhere.
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Reducing benefits is not a good way to keep good employees or to attract new ones.
This is a similar situation to that being faced by the employees of Penn State child care facilities.
Please reconsider keeping Centre Crest as a county-operated facility