By Andy Alcock
July 9, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Future funding for a critical local health care provider may be in jeopardy.
Leon County Commissioners voted Monday night to suspend more than $800,000 in funding for Bond Community Health Center for the upcoming budget year beginning October 1st.
Long time Bond supporter Commissioner Bill Proctor led the funding suspension effort.
Proctor accused the center's board of reckless personality politics and institutional sabotage by firing experienced staff.
"I think it was a surprise that he was the one who suggested suspending the funding," said Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier. "However, I think based on his comments last night, he's gotten frustrated," she said.
"My concern is what happens to the patients that are now being seen by Bond if we withhold that money," said Leon County Commissioner Jane Sauls.
Sauls and Dozier were the only commissioners who voted against the funding suspension.
They both said they needed more information.
A budget workshop on the issue is scheduled for September 10th.
If the commissioners ultimately decide not to fund Bond, the center could also loose up to $2-million in state and federal grants used to pay for under or uninsured patients.
Multiple attempts to get comment from Bond were unsuccessful.