KEYC - Iowa county seeks buyer for cash-strapped care center

Iowa county seeks buyer for cash-strapped care center

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WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - County officials in central Iowa are seeking a buyer for a health care center that has repeatedly run multi-million-dollar deficits, but have promised to keep the facility open.

Black Hawk County has approved hiring an attorney and real estate broker to help sell Country View, a county-owned nursing and mental health care facility in Waterloo.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Country View is expecting a $2 million budget deficit this year and a $3 million loss in the next fiscal year.

Some residents with family members at the center say they're concerned a private owner would cut the staff's salaries and benefits.

Supervisor Craig White says the county can reject a sale if the buyer isn't willing to meet the county's requests to protect residents and the center's staff.

Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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