health care costs

Atlantic General Hospital website

Some hospitals may be laying off staff but not Atlantic General in Berlin.

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, hospital CEO Michael Franklin told WBOC, that the facility has spent the last three years creating a safety net.

He said the hospital has gotten grants to offset increased costs and hired more nurses to take care of patients.

Franklin says the hospital has also been facing increasing cost of Medicare losing about a quarter of million dollars per quarter.

Ocean City is facing a $1.5 million budget shortfall in the next fiscal year.

Council members are trying to come up with ways to close the gap ranging from upping parking lot fees and municipal bus fares to the creation of a stormwater utility.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the council is likely to hike the property tax rate by 1 percent with every penny generating $863-thousand in revenue.