Reference – August 20th article from the Weatherford Democrat: Hospital district gives $9 million to WRMC parent company
Now many local residents feel secure in utilizing the medical center whereas they previously traveled to Ft. Worth due to lack of confidence in the local service. I am not surprised that a for profit business, which is well managed, would have recognized the opportunities being wasted and acted upon them accordingly.
There could well be a valid reason for transfer of nine million dollars of taxpayer money to the owning entity of the medical center, but the hospital board has not made a convincing case for this action. In fact the board has made no rational case at all so far as I can determine from my limited information and knowledge of the situation. But of one thing I am sure, the board must provide cost benefit justification for pledging such a significant sum, especially in an atmosphere where private industry has shown meaningful progress through their own initiative and government entities and taxpayers are currently extremely stressed financially.
Are the senior governing entities in this county content to remain silent on the board’s action?
An additional thought for future consideration is: Should this elected board, which is a creature of standing government, be considered an agent (temporary) of the government and thereby enjoy the same “protection of the soverign” enjoyed by the county administration, or should the board be recognized for what it now is: an anachronism having long since outlived its usefulness and no longer an agent as first intended.