Singing River Health System leaders presented their proposed 2016 budget to Jackson County supervisors and asked for up to $2 million in annual contributions from the county.

If the county made that pledge, SRHS CEO Kevin Holland said, it would offset the system’s losses on unfunded care, help fund the pension plan and help ensure SRHS continues as an economic engine in Jackson County.

Rather than SRHS paying retirees 88 percent of their benefits, the county’s contribution could also help push that base benefit to about 95 percent, Holland said.
SRHS asked for $1.8 million to $2 million, which Holland called a reasonable amount that could hopefully be pledged without a tax increase.

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