Drake Center Management Debate

The four, former top executives collectively walked away with millions and the facility is losing millions, but does the Drake Center still deserve the tax money Hamilton County gives them? That's a part of the debate ongoing amongst the three county commissioners. At a Monday morning public hearing the management takeover by the not for profit Health Alliance turned out to be just part of the discussion. Democrat commissioner Todd Portune does not want to close the door on the possibility of Drake Center support tax levies beyond 2009. The center, that exclusively treats patients with spinal and brain injury, will be getting more than $50 million from the levy between now and then. Wednesday Republican commissioners Pat Dewine and Phil Heimlich are expected to vote for the Health Alliance management idea. That would virtually eliminate the possibility of public money being used for Drake in the future. Portune says the Wednesday vote may not be the end of the debate.