Belknap Commission asking for supplemental appropriation of $200k its says will generate $400k more in revenue at the county nursing home

LACONIA — The fraught relationship between the Belknap County Convention and the Belknap County Commission will be tested later this month when the commissioners appear before the executive committee of the convention to request a transfer of funds and a supplemental appropriation.
The commissioners will ask to transfer $52,000 from the contingency account to fund a full-time corrections officer at the county jail. When the budget was adopted, the commission contends the convention inadvertently stripped the funding for the existing position not once but twice.
The commission will also request approximately $200,000 to expand the capacity of the nursing home to accept skilled nursing patients for short-term stays while undergoing physical and occupational therapy. Skilled nursing services represent a source of revenue and the commissioners project the investment will generate a return of some $400,000. Since the services are provided by a third party agency under an existing contract, adding to capacity requires no additional personnel.
Representative Colette Worsman (R-Meredith), who chairs the convention has tentatively scheduled the executive committee to meet on Monday, April 15 at a time to be announced to consider the commission's requests as well as review the county's expenditures in the first quarter of 2013. Meanwhile, the executive committee will also meet a week earlier, on Monday, April 8 at 12:30 p.m. to review the county expenditures in 2012.