Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd on Thursday reiterated his concerns about proposed legislation that would redefine the county’s role with Erlanger Health System.
At the close of a regularly scheduled agenda meeting, Boyd said he had issue with how the new Erlanger trustees and board chairman would be appointed under the current legislation.
He also took issue with the proposed law locking the county into a mandatory annual contribution to the health system.
“(The legislation) gives more power to a representative in Shelby County than this commission to decide who appoints the initial board members,” Boyd said to commissioners.
Along those lines, Boyd also said the appointed board, to be made up of local people, would not get an option to select its first chairperson.
Boyd urged fellow commissioners to demand a short list of board candidates and to discuss a list of 11 concerns he has with the legislation before signing off on the bill.
The bill stipulates that Hamilton County would give $1 million annually to the hospital for the next five years, then adjust that figure according to the U.S. Consumer Price Index, which is tied to a collection retail goods in the economy.
Boyd cautions against allowing an outside body to decide how the county spends its money.
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Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...