PURCELL — Purcell Municipal Hospital expects to post a profit of nearly $143,000 next fiscal year after losing an estimated $248,000 this year.
The hospital board's budget for fiscal year 2011, which begins July 1, has net revenues of a little more than $16 million compared to $15.9 million in net expenses. The budget was presented Wednesday during a special meeting of the Purcell City Council.
"I want to say it's conservative,” said hospital Chief Executive Officer Jim Berry of the projected profit Wednesday before the council approved the budget. "We want it to be our best guess, but on the low end of that.”
Meanwhile, the council has scheduled a public hearing for 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Purcell Police Service Building, 1515 N Green Ave., for the city's budget for fiscal year 2011, followed by a special meeting to consider approving the budget.
The city budget is projected at $17.9 million when including the general, public authority and special revenue funds.
Two years ago, the city's budget was $19.2 million.
Purcell Municipal Hospital has been losing money in recent years, and Lagaylia Alfonso and Kevin May recently resigned from the city council over a controversy involving the hospital board and a suspected open-meetings violation by some council members.
The hospital's budget hearing and city council meeting were moved to Wednesday because the normally five-member council lacked a quorum with the two resignations and another member out of town.
The council Wednesday appointed Mike Pollok to the seat formerly held by Alfonso. Because of May's resignation, the council took no action on accepting a petition seeking May's recall.