Hospital District Requests Support of Voters in November: The Bang for Your Buck

Hospital District Requests Support of Voters in November: The Bang for Your Buck

A request to raise taxes an approximate $9 per every $100,000 of actual residential valuation to benefit the Telluride Regional Medical Center to be presented to voters this November. A PAC has been formed to handle the responsibility of raising awareness and support for the measure. If you’d like to learn more or show your support, go here. And please scroll down to read about the impact on your annual property tax. Hint: It’s very little for a very large ROI, ie, major bang for your buck.

Recently the Telluride Medical Center joined the Telluride Fire Department and Telluride School District in asking for additional funds. Representatives from all three taxing districts point to the Gallagher Amendment as a top factor for the requirement to go to the voters.

If approved, ballot measure 6B would raise $960,851 in 2019 to be used for the Medical Center’s general operating fund and other purposes including ongoing Level 5, 24/7 emergency and trauma services, and updating medical equipment – including modernizing the CT scanner to improve diagnosis and treatment of injuries and illnesses — according to ballot language approved last week by the Telluride Hospital District’s board of directors.

Measure 6B goes on to ask voters to sustain that increase in tax revenues, beginning in 2020, as needed to offset the Gallagher Amendment.

“We’ve concluded this is the best – maybe only way – to both maintain current operations while also adapting primary and emergency services for a growing population and visitor base,” said the Telluride Medical Center’s CEO, John Gardner.

“In addition to how the Gallagher Amendment affects us, we’re faced with exponentially rising costs of business and facility operations, information technology requirements and upgrades, and increased costs for drugs and supplies. Meanwhile insurance company premiums have ballooned while insurance reimbursements have not maintained pace,” added Gardner.

According to Gardner, polling research executed last month indicated the majority of respondents support this measure.

The Telluride Hospital District has not requested additional funds since 2002 when voters approved an increase of $1.28 per every $100,000 of actual residential valuation to allow the clinic to offer 24/7 emergency medical services.

“Over these last 16 years we have spent more than four million dollars on capital equipment and facility improvements without having to go back to voters,” said Kate Wadley, development director for the fundraising arm of the Hospital District.

“Like other taxing districts who are asking voters for help, this is a last resort for us,” she said.

Measure 6B will appear on the ballots of voters throughout the county, with the exception of Precincts 4 and 5, which are home to Norwood and Egnar and their respective surrounding areas.

Annual Property Tax Impact:

The current Telluride Hospital District mill levy is 2.8 or $20.19 per $100,000 of a home’s assessed value. Should Ballot Measure 6B pass, the additional $960,851 or $9 per $100,000 of a home’s assessed value, will bring the mill levy total to $29.19 for each $100,000 of actual assessed value.

1 Comment
  • Jo Shernoff
    Posted at 05:07h, 18 September

    I love how Gardner claims some nebulous polling to claim support for this measure. Was it a random sample or just Gardner calling up some of his board members and supporters?