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Clinton County Health Department May Raise Service Fees

Sara Westermark

After eight years of declining revenue, the Clinton County Health Department may have to raise service fees to make up for its losses.

The Clinton County Council recently increased the department’s loan cap to $65,000 -- $15,000 more than what it was allowed to borrow at the beginning of this year.

Health Department Administrator John Brannan says the department is asking for more grants from the state before taking money from the community.

“The ironic thing is we can’t use those grants in place of anything we pay for out of our health fund, state code doesn’t permit that,” Brannan says. “We can kind of, maybe, restructure things and to help us out with things that need to be paid for.”

Brannan says an emergency fund would be established to prevent financial crises in the future.

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