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Letter to the Editor - Leroy Shaffner, CEO, DHCHD

Posted by: tdt -


Dear Editor:
I would like to explain the Hospital Bond for the Emergency Department a little better.
First, in August 2012 the Board of Directors set the tax rate at 18.5 cents down from 19 cents.  This was a drop of one half cent in the rate.  New property coming on the tax rolls increased the amount of tax that the District receives by about $320,000.00, mostly from Hilmar.  If your individual property value remained the same then your “Hospital Taxes” went down by one half cents per one hundred dollars evaluation.  Over the past 16 years the Board of Directors has reduced the tax rate or kept it the same as the year before.
Our current Emergency Department is very small and difficult to work in while trying to keep everyone in a safe and secure area.  This last Sunday morning the area had 6 rollover accidents and at times we had all the beds full, patients in X-ray and Patients waiting on Ambulance stretchers.

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