The Putnam department has applied for about $186,000 from a local board of health emergency fund through the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
They need money for rent, vaccine costs, attorney fees and for federal and state taxes and fees. The debt primarily stems from legal fees from a wrongful termination grievances, officials say.
Last month, Putnam commissioners agreed to loan the department $30,000, as the agency struggles to pay its bills.
The department is undergoing an audit by the state that board members requested. A payment plan has been set up to pay the IRS.
Joel McKinney, who took over as administrator at the Putnam agency in February, has ended many non-mandatory programs, cut ties with some vendors and relieved some contract workers.
However, Henson said that despite the cost-cutting efforts, the clinic would continue to operate.
"We're still doing the same thing," he said. "In addition to the immunization clinic, we still have our regular family planning clinic, which is general examination -- pap smears, breast exams. We still do examinations for college, sports, employment and child examinations."
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