The cost of running the two Long Term Care facilities in Hastings County could jump just over 12% this year.
The budget recently approved by the Long Term Care committee would mean Belleville, Quinte West, and Hastings County will pay a 12.3% increase in the combined budget for Hastings Manor in Belleville and Centennial Manor in Bancroft.
This represents a 15% hike for Hastings Manor and 9.3% for Centennial Manor.
Hastings County Director of Finance Sue Horwood told Quinte News both of the homes are now 15 years old and require some upgrades in equipment and furniture.
The capital projects planned for 2017 include: lift and carpet replacements, carpet handrail and wall protection.
Horwood says the homes are highly regulated, but the provincial funding falls short in meeting those requirements.
The total budget for the two homes is $4.1 million. Horwood says this is a small amount in the total budget for Social Services, Emergency Services and Long Term Care.
It goes to Hastings County council for final approval later this month.
If approved, Belleville will pay $1.9 million, Quinte West $1 million and Hastings County $1.1 million.