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Residents Rally Against Montevue Selling

"This unfortunately has become a financial concern only for the board of county commissioners. We are here for the people, we are here for human life, we are here for the traditions of our county," said Steven Bruns, Montevue Rally Organizer.

FREDERICK, Md. -  Nearly 40 people rallied in front of the circuit court Thursday morning. The rally took place before the preliminary hearing where both the county and residents made their case to a judge about the County Commissioner's decision to sell the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living Center. 

"This unfortunately has become a financial concern only for the board of county commissioners. We are here for the people, we are here for human life, we are here for the traditions of our county. For the last 200 years the people of the County of Frederick have supported a commitment to the poor. And to helping everyone in society,"said Steven Bruns, Montevue Rally Organizer. 

Back in June 2013, the Board of County Commissioners voted to sell the county-owned nursing home and rehab center to Aurora Health Management for $30 million.

Since then, Frederick residents have two law suits against the County Commissioners for their actions and on Thursday morning both sides argued their cases for nearly four hours. 

"And it's our position that the court has a very deferential role and that it's up to the Board of County Commissioners to make these decisions and not for the court," said John Mathias, County Attorney's Office. 

County officials say selling the property will save taxpayers $12.3 million over the next four years.

But others are worried it could leave elderly residents without a place to live. 

"I think it's an important issue, there's a myriads of issues involved with this case that relate to government and governance how people are treated and the and the obligation of the board of county commissioners to comply with the law," said Leslie Powell, an attorney representing the plaintiffs. 

The judge has nearly 200,000 pages to sort through before making a decision on how both sides should proceed in this case. 

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