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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
Special District

Mendocino Coast Health Care District
Measure C - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

4,593 votes yes (66.77%)

2,286 votes no (33.23%)

100% of precincts reporting (59/59).

6,879 ballots counted.

Special Tax
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To continue essential healthcare at our local hospital by attracting and retaining high quality doctors/nurses, maintaining local emergency room, obstetric, surgical, ambulance and related 911 services, and making critical repairs and upgrades to medical equipment/facilities, shall Mendocino Coast Health Care District levy an annual special tax of $144 per parcel for 12 years, raising approximately $1,700,000 annually, with independent taxpayer oversight, no funds for administrators' salaries/pensions, and all funds dedicated to local healthcare facilities and services?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

County Counsel

This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Mendocino Coast Health Care District’s (“District”) Board of Directors to seek voter approval to create a special tax of $144.00 per parcel for each parcel of taxable real property within the District each year for a period of twelve (12) years, beginning July 1, 2018. The District estimates that the annual parcel tax revenues will be $1.7 million dollars.

“Parcel” means any parcel of land which lies wholly or partially within the boundaries of the District.

The purpose of the parcel tax is to provide funding to help maintain local emergency room services, attract and retain high quality doctors and nurses, maintain local ambulance and related 911 services, make critical repairs and upgrades to medical equipment and facilities, maintain local surgical services, and maintain local obstetric services. The revenue raised by the special tax may only be used for those purposes described in the full text of the measure (“Full Text”) and cannot be used for administrators’ salaries, benefits or pensions. These special tax revenues will be deposited in a separate account to be used only for the purposes described above.

The District is required by law to issue an annual report on the amount of funds collected, expenditure of the funds, and the status of any project or program to be funded as described in the Full Text. The District will establish an independent taxpayer oversight committee to oversee the expenditure of healthcare parcel tax revenues.

This measure was placed on the ballot by the District.

This measure must be adopted by two-thirds (2/3) of the voters.

A “YES” vote would authorize the levy of the parcel tax.

A “NO” vote would not authorize the levy of the parcel tax.

 

 

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

 

Our community counts on a fully staffed, quality hospital that is minutes, not hours, away. Medical treatment far from home costs money, time, and convenience. Our rural, Critical Access hospital delivers an exceptionally wide-range of services. These include life-saving and life-giving Emergency, Ambulance, and Obstetric care. Like police, fire fighters, and educators, health care providers are part of the social and economic bedrock of our diverse North Coast.

Vote YES on Measure C – Allow our local hospital to continue providing the wide-ranging quality care the community wants and deserves.

We all know medical industry costs have skyrocketed. 80% of our hospital’s patients are covered by Medicare and Medi-Cal. On average, the Hospital receives less than the cost of services from these programs. Despite belt-tightening, the District’s financial hardships are an ongoing reality.

Vote YES on Measure C – No bailouts exist. Cuts to government health care payments remain unpredictable. A parcel tax is the District’s only legal option to secure a stable source of local funding for the Hospital. Passing Measure C – stabilizes finances as the Hospital works to further improve operations, manage costs, and maintain the critical, community healthcare services.

Measure C asks District property owners to pay $144 a year per parcel for 12 years. That’s $12 a month.

Measure C mandates important taxpayer protections. Funds cannot be spent on administrative salaries or pensions. An independent Taxpayers’ Oversight Committee will ensure the money ONLY supports:

• local emergency room and ambulance services

• attracting and retaining quality doctors and nurses

• critical repairs/upgrades to medical equipment and facilities

• maintaining local surgical and obstetric services.

A healthy community needs a healthy hospital. That takes a 67% YES vote.

Join your neighbors, law enforcement, doctors, nurses, taxpayer advocates, and business leaders – vote YES on Measure C.

 

s/Jason Kirkman, MD

Medical Director, NCFHC

 

s/Shelley Ware

Emergency Department Nurse Manager

 

s/Lucresha Renteria

Executive Director

 

s/Paul Clark

Business Owner

 

s/Jim Hurst

Business Owner

 

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE C WAS SUBMITTED

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

 

INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE

To provide funding for maintaining emergency room services, attracting and retaining high quality doctors and nurses, maintaining ambulance and related 911 services and providing essential healthcare to residents of Mendocino County, with no proceeds used for administrators’ salaries, benefits and pensions, the Mendocino Coast Health Care District (“District”) proposes a healthcare parcel tax for a period of twelve years starting on July 1, 2018 at a rate of $144 per parcel per year, and to implement accountability measures, including independent taxpayer oversight, to ensure the funds are used to help:

• Maintain local emergency room services;

• Attract and retain high quality doctors and nurses;

• Maintain local ambulance and related 911 services;

• Make critical repairs and upgrades to medical equipment and facilities;

• Maintain local surgical services; and

• Maintain local obstetric services.

The proceeds of the healthcare parcel tax shall be deposited into a separate account created by the District.

DEFINITION OF “PARCEL”

For purposes for the healthcare parcel tax, the term “Parcel” means any parcel of land which lies wholly or partially within the boundaries of the Mendocino Coast Health Care District, that receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the Mendocino County Assessor/Tax Collector, as applicable. All property that is otherwise exempt from or upon which are levied no ad valorem property taxes in  any year shall also be exempt from the healthcare parcel tax in such year.

For purposes of this healthcare parcel tax, any such “Parcels” which are (i) contiguous, and (ii) used solely for owner-occupied, single- family residential purposes, and (iii) held under identical ownership may, by submitting to the District an application of the owners thereof by June 15 of any year, be treated as a single “parcel” for purposes of the levy of the healthcare parcel tax.

REDUCTION IN TAX IF RESULT IS LESS OTHER GOVERNEMENT SUPPORT

The collection of the healthcare parcel tax is not intended to decrease or offset any increase in local, state or federal government revenue sources that would otherwise be available to the District during the period of the healthcare parcel tax. In the event that the levy and collection does have such an effect, the District may cease the levy or shall reduce the healthcare parcel tax to the extent that such action would restore the amount of the decrease or offset in other revenues.

ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES

The following accountability measures, among others, shall apply to the healthcare parcel tax: (a) the specific purposes of the healthcare parcel tax shall be those purposes identified above; (b) the proceeds of the healthcare parcel tax shall be applied only to those specific purposes identified above; (c) a separate, special account shall be created into which the proceeds of the healthcare parcel tax must be deposited; and (d) an annual written report shall be made to the Board of Directors of the District showing (i) the amount of funds collected and expended from the proceeds of the healthcare parcel tax and (ii) the status of any projects or programs required or authorized to be funded from the proceeds of the healthcare parcel tax, as identified above. In addition to the accountability measures required by law, if any, the District will establish an independent

 

   
 

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FULL TEXT OF MEASURE C – continued

 

taxpayer oversight committee to provide oversight as to the expenditure of healthcare parcel tax revenues.

s/Steve Lund

President, Board of Directors

Mendocino Coast Health Care District

 

ATTEST:

s/ Peter Glusker, MD, Ph.D

Secretary, Board of Directors

Mendocino Coast Health Care District

 

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