A Higher Appeal
Prince George's County officials have decided to appeal a court decision yesterday that left the county on the hook for a $2 million payment to Dimensions Healthcare, the private company that runs the county's hospital system.
Late today, County Spokesman John Erzen said attorneys have decided to ask Maryland Court of Appeals to take a look at the issue. Dimensions officials have said that with Monday's court ruling, they expected the county to pay up immediately. (Read more about that decision here.)
"We feel this is very big public policy issue that should be considered by the state's highest court," Erzen said. "What's at stake here is the appropriations process of government and holding people accountable for the use of taxpayer money."
Erzen said county lawyers would file a motion with the Court of Appeals by the end of the week. Already, the circuit court has a trial date to more fully examine legal issues surrounding the $2 million set for Sept. 10-11.
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