Rolling Hills’ member, budget talks at county

The Cherokee County Supervisors approved a 28E agreement to allow Woodbury County to join Rolling Hills Services Region at a Jan. 22 meeting.

The vote was unanimous. Dawn Mentzer, chief executive officer of Rolling Hills, explained the agreement’s details. The effective date is July 1.

“Woodbury County has to contribute more than the other seven counties do for the first year,” said Mentzer. “They get one vote, the same as all other counties, and it is only weighted in the case of a tie vote. But, because of the collaboration of the board, I don’t see a tie vote occurring because, in the end, the board all wants to do what is best for the people we serve.”

Mentzer also described the process in which counties, due to state legislature rules, must spend down their mental health fund balances to zero, so the region can be down to 25 percent as required. Not only does the region have to do this, but the counties as well, she said.

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