On Oct. 1, the Chronicle reported that the Citrus County Hospital Board had received money they want to use to help fund local charitable organizations. Thirty-five organizations submitted a request and had a short time to present their request. What? What was wrong with using the established grant procedures and policies with the Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation (CCCF)?

The Hospital Board is now tasked with figuring out how to review, prioritize and analyze each request. This is exactly what the CCCF has experience doing. How is the Hospital Board going to follow up and see that any funds granted are used as proposed? How is the Hospital Board going to come to a consensus with no apparent governing policies on granting funds? Is anyone else as baffled as I am as to why this even seemed like a good idea?

Esther Klay


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