Powers, R-Butternuts, said it was up to Wright to “make the cuts where she thinks the least damage will be done.”
At the same time, Powers said he is opposed to any job cuts at the Department of Motor Vehicles, an arm of county Clerk Kathy Sinnott-Gardner’s office. He said any cuts to jobs there would hurt the public.
The county board has tried tighten its fiscal belt while facing a projected huge increase in the county subsidy to the 174-bed Otsego Manor nursing home. The county allotment to the Manor would grow to $5.5 million next year, up from $3.4 million in the 2012 budget.
County lawmakers have begun looking into finding a private operator for the nursing home, after Crowell advised the board that shrinking Medicaid reimbursement rates and rising costs for labor and materials have made its continued operation as a county entity unsustainable.