The Jackson County Board of Supervisors on Monday morning voted to negotiate a contract with an independent financial consulting firm to look at the operations of the Singing River Health System.

The company is Raymond James out of Memphis.

Supervisors want the company to look at making sure the health system is financially healthy going forward and sort out why it was allowed to carry $88 million in collected debt in call it operating income for five to seven years.

The health system, the county’s second largest employer, announced the multi-million audit adjustment earlier this year and last month said it would no longer be able to carry the hospitals’ pension plan for employees.

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