Champaign County Board to vote on writing off $4 million in nursing home debt

Champaign County Board to vote on writing off $4 million in nursing home debt

URBANA — The Champaign County Board could soon write off more than $4 million in bad debt from its nursing home.

At a special meeting tonight, board members will consider a budget amendment appropriating $4,192,062.10 as a bad debt expense to the nursing home fund.

County Executive Darlene Kloeppel said that amount of debt is more than 210 days old, "and due to that age should be considered uncollectable at this point."

Kloeppel said writing off the expense "does not preclude the county from still collecting on these obligations if it is able."

The nursing home remains on the county books despite a deal being struck last fall to sell the financially troubled facility to University Rehabilitation Center of C-U LLC and University Rehab Real Estate LLC for $11 million.

The sale is being delayed as a result of an October state inspection of the home in which 21 deficiencies were identified that require correction.

Last month, the board approved a $2.766 million budget amendment to pay for two more months of nursing home operations plus wind-down costs.

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