Last Thursday, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees heard that the local health department will receive a decrease in core functions funding during the 2010-11 fiscal year.
"The total reduction for Barry County was $9,439," said Roger Brock, Barry County Health Department administrator. "Core functions funding was decreased 16.37 percent for this coming year.
"We didn't receive as big of a decrease in funding as we could have," said Brock. "Scenario one called for a 20 percent reduction in funding."
Over the last two years, the Barry County Health Department's core functions funding has decreased around $16,000. Core functions funding is designated by Missouri legislators. Funding could be reduced more during the 2010-11 fiscal year, said Brock.
Core functions funding is provided through a contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The funding is distributed to health department's to cover fees associated with vital records and lodging inspections, said Brock.
"Anytime you have a decrease in funding it has an impact," said Brock. "We are still looking to see how much this decrease in funding will impact us.
"We are not planning any discontinuation of services by any means," said Brock. "We will just need to look at what we need to do to make up the difference for the loss in funding."
Although Brock does not anticipate an increase in service fees or permit fees at this time, that could be an option that the health board looks at if funding is decreased further.
The board also reviewed and approved the June service fees and service count reports.
The June service fees report showed that $3,392.75 was collected at the Cassville and Monett offices last month. Of the total fees, $1,603 were collected in Cassville and $1,789.75 were collected in Monett.
During the first six months of 2010 the health department collected a total of $18,764.23 in service fees, which is 50.25 percent of the amount that was collected during all 12 months of 2009.
The service count report showed that 937 services were provided at the Cassville office in June. The Monett office provided 785 services last month.
The board also approved the monthly environmental services report.
Only two wastewater permits were issued in June. The environmental public health specialists also completed 18 routine food inspections, five follow-up food inspections, three food service complaint inspections, two annual childcare inspections and 15 lodging inspections last month.
"With the wastewater system permits slower, our environmental public health specialists had time to get lodging inspections done so that those facilities could be licensed by August," said Brock. "Each of these facilities require three to four hours of inspection time. Getting those done was a big accomplishment."
In other business, the Barry County Health Department Board of Trustees:
* Heard that it has received an increase in funding for the Women, Infant, Children (WIC) program. Funding will increase from $12 per client to $13 per client.
* Received a report on Barry County's public health emergency planning and preparedness contract.
* Heard that the health department's new website, www.barrycountyhealth.org, is now available on-line. A variety of information will be added to the site over the next few months.