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May 8, 1997

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F Budget meeting heats up, gets tabled by Mary Ann McNeill GauStaH TONOPAH--The Nye County Commissioners, clerical staffand budget and finance personnel all had double duty this week as they met in Tonopah for budget workshops and the regular Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday. The budget workshops began Monday, May 5, and were scheduled to last through Friday, but were concluded late Wednesday. According to Bob Revert, commissioner from the Beatty area, Tuesday's commission meeting was very "mild," but the budget meeting on Wednesday was "very, very exciting." He reported that the county needs to slice $4 million from the general fund and that all county offices must cut a significant 22 percent from their individual budgets. All departments are very reluctant to make the cuts. The Nye County Sheriff's Department budget, for example, approximates $6.9 million. It was proposed to cut $3 million from that budget, alone. No decisions were made to any budget item and it was decided that a new budget meeting will be scheduled for Monday, May 19. None of the other commissioners that the Gazette tried to contact were able to return phone calls by the newspaper's deadline Wednesday night. Probably the most significant action taken at '1 usday's regular commission meeting was when they met as the Nye County Hospital District Board of Trustees. Sam Ruma, the iPdthl administrator of Nye P,'gional Hospital, who was , by me Nevada State Dep=_nnt of Tation in , 1997 to he the on-site manager of t Nev RtiPdi Hospital Project, gave an administrator'sreport and a hospital progress retxm. It seems that Nye Regional Hospital is operating in the black for the first time in years! The Tonopah hospital has been costing Nye county taxpay- ers hundreds of thousands of dollars under private manage- ment, until the commissioners took control of it in April, 1996. This has been a major source of conflict between Northern taxpayers and Southern taxpayers. The Southern ones arguing that so much county money has been spent on the Northern hospital, why can't equal amounts of money be spent develop- ing a Southern hospital in Pahrump? There has been talk of closing down Nye Regional Hospital in Tonopah because of declining population growth and the large amount of money needed to run it. The o Northern taxpayers, people who rely on the hospital for their basic health care, argue that the county must do whatever it can to preserve people's access to quick medical care in Tonopah and the other extremely rural parts of the north county. Further complicating the picture is Nye County's general financial crisis. The Gazette has learned from reliable sources that the State Department of Taxation will begin an investiga- tion into whether a severe financial emergency exists in Nye County. If the investigation reveals an emergency situation does exist, hearings will be held to determine a solution. Taxpayers will want to keep an eye on these developments as the Nevada State Ethics Commission, currently conducthng Continued on page 2 6:00p00- /O:OOp00