TO: Frederick Board of County Commissioners
SUBJECT: Stop the Sale of Montevue/Citizens
We, the undersigned citizens of Frederick County, proudly stand with our forebears’ 245 year tradition of providing aid to the poor of our community. We oppose the sale of the Montevue Assisted Living Facility and the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center. These homes stand on a perpetual, landed endowment, granted in 1828, by joint agreement of the seller, Elias Brunner, and the buyer, the Levy Court (forerunner of today’s Board of County Commissioners).
These two facilities represent an important safety net for our community's most vulnerable elderly citizens. Therefore, it is essential to take the time to examine the impact of selling the facilities on the citizens of Frederick County, both now and in the future.
It has been less than a year since the July 2012 opening of our new state-of-the-art buildings, which represent a significant investment of county funds -- $38 million. In the new facilities, more beds are available and new services, such as the ventilator unit, have been added at CCRC. These additions are beginning to have a positive effect on financial performance.
With an opening bid set at $27.5 Million, the County stands to lose a significant amount on its initial investment. Furthermore, as operating results continue to improve, selling now will cost the County any potential for profitable returns in future years.
We care about our elders and honor their service to Frederick County over their working lives. We must preserve for them, what they have given to us. Thank you for doing the right thing!