CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Putnam County Board of Health has withdrawn its application for emergency funding from the state, a board member and county commissioner said Wednesday.
The state asked the Putnam County Health Department to submit more information regarding its application by May 15 -- a deadline County Commissioner Joe Haynes said couldn't be met.
The health department applied for about $186,000 from a local board of health emergency fund through the state Department of Health and Human Resources last month.
For fiscal year 2013, the state Division of Local Health had $332,850 -- or 2 percent of its state funds -- set aside as emergency funds, according to its funding distribution statement.
"It wasn't information that couldn't be provided, it just would've taken too long to get it together," Haynes said. "As shorthanded as we are it just wasn't practical."
The Putnam agency needs help covering debt, which includes $80,800 in rent to Gary Young, president of G&G Builders; about $36,500 for vaccine costs; $18,000 to the IRS; $8,570 in state taxes; and $4,514 to the state Office of Technology.
They've also spent more than $100,000 paying attorney Karen Miller to defend them in two grievances filed with the Public Employees Grievance Board by a former employee. The board has appealed the latest decision ordering the employee be reinstated and be paid back pay. About $30,000 is still owed to Miller.
Last month, Putnam County commissioners agreed to loan the department $30,000.
The department is undergoing an audit by the state that board members requested. A payment plan has been set up to pay the IRS.
"We're in a bad situation, but we won't know how bad until the audit is finished. It's obvious we have money problems and we're understaffed," said Haynes, who is also a county health board member.