KMC budget woes could trigger trickle down damage for other county agencies


The money troubles that led to the firing of Kern Medical Center CEO Paul Hensler could have trickle down effects in the rest of the county.

When budgeting, KMC estimated how many patients it would have each month and how much money that would bring in.

But, when fewer patients actually came in, the income estimates were never adjusted to reflect that.

Over time, those deficits ran into the tens of millions of dollars.

One department that will be impacted by the shortfall: county libraries.

Just last week, supervisors gave them money so they could be open one more day a week.

Now they may have to take that cash back.

Details of the cuts to county services are still be worked out.

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