The Catoosa County Commission held off on a proposed $35 million bailout of Hutcheson Medical Center at a meeting this morning.
After meeting behind closed doors for about 40 minutes, commissioners came out and tabled a motion to issue $35 million in bond anticipation notes toward the Fort Oglethorpe hospital’s $60 million in debt.
Speaking to a standing-room-only audience, Chairman Keith Greene said the commissioners needed more information.
“We don’t take this decision lightly,” Greene said. “This is a big deal. There’s a lot of risk involved.”
The announcement got a smattering of applause from the anti-tax activists amongst the crowd comprised mostly of employees and supporters of the hospital, which is owned by Catoosa, Walker and Dade counties.
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Tim Omarzu covers Catoosa and Walker counties for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California. Stories he's covered include crime in blighted parts of metro Detroit and Reno, Nev.; environmental activists tree-sitting in California's Sierra Nevada foothills; attempts by the Michigan Militia to take over a township¹s government in northern Michigan. A native of Michigan, ...