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Commissioner Hopes a Check Will Seal the Deal for Montevue, Citizens

Board President Blaine Young says he hasn't heard back yet from the Maryland Board of Public Works, but he plans on closing the sale by the end of the year.
FREDERICK, Md. - The check is in the mail from the Frederick County, Maryland government in hopes of continuing with the sale of its county-owned nursing home and rehabilitation center.

Frederick County Commission President Blaine Young mailed a $200,000 check to the Maryland Board of Public Works.

This comes after the board voted to delay approving the sale of the Montevue Assisted Living Center and Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center.

"I say look at it in reverse, and would you be downstairs testifying before the county commissioners saying, 'Please go into the nursing home business and yeah, we know this business that you want to buy has lost $50 million since the year 2000," said Young (R).

Frederick County received a $200,000 grant previously from the state, so the state has to approve the sale.

"Obviously, this has become somewhat political," Young said. "This is no different than any other jurisdiction across the country that has tried to right size its government in terms of looking at what its core purpose is."

Young hopes returning the money will allow the county to move forward in closing the deal without the state's support.

"I read the grant, looked at the attorney and said, 'If you read the grant, it says that the only way they have any involvement in this is if we fail to repay them if they want to be repaid if we sell the facilities," Young said.

Young says he hasn't heard back yet from the Maryland Board of Public Works, but he plans on closing the sale by the end of the year.

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