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County commissioners give Southeastern its two million dollars

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At their meeting Monday, New Hanover County Commissioners voted to give the Southeastern Center for Mental Health its two million dollars. That means many mental health services that were in jeopardy will now be funded for the rest of the budget year. Southeastern handed that money over to the county several years ago toward a joint public and mental health facility; then came the financial crisis and they wanted the money back. County commissioners would not return it until they were confident the agency had a sound financial plan.

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People are losing jobs and

People are losing jobs and others are taking mandatory days off from work....and it's now that you decide to cough up $2m. That was smart. I'm not saying they shouldn't get the money, but I don't see the benefits for giving it to them right now

Poor Decision

New Hanover County recently made the decision to force every county employee to take 40 hours off WITHOUT PAY, and cut out the accural of personal leave (Holiday Pay) for all of their dedicated county employees but yet they have 2 million dollars to give to an agency who has demonstrated poor money management. Wouldn't it make sense to keep the money until New Hanover County had a sound financial plan?

Mental Health

I am a patient at Southeastern Center and it relieves me to know that services will be continued. This is a plus mark for the County Commisioners in my opion. Thank you.