WINFIELD, W.Va. -- The Putnam County Health Department's total unpaid bills have soared to more than $400,000 in the last fiscal year, according to a report presented at Tuesday's Putnam County Commission meeting.
Dr. Rahul Gupta, executive director at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, which has been contracted to provide services for Putnam County during its financial crisis, said the commission requested finances ahead of the meeting.
Gupta is now the health officer and executive director of both health departments.
For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, Putnam County budgeted for $1.33 million, but revenues were only $927,795.33, Gupta said.
"They were simply over budget," he said.
About $897,000 was spent on regular expenses, including salaries and bills.
Total expenses were $1,297,673.81, leaving outstanding payments at $400,499.30.
The $400,499.30 of outstanding invoices includes rental space, pending charges, payroll taxes, IRS payments and attorney fees.
The attorney fees were in connection to a former employee's termination grievance. A circuit judge has ordered the employee be reinstated with back pay.
"We're getting recommendations on that at this point," Gupta said of the case.
Barbara Koblinsky, 52, was first fired in February 2010 after about two years with the health department for insubordination after refusing to meet with former administrator Jackie Fleshman without a union representative present.
She filed a grievance and won her job back in late 2010, but the health department's administration appealed the ruling in circuit court. Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom reinstated Koblinsky to her former position.
The Board of Health has not commented on whether there will be another appeal.