14 November 2012 at 7:15:30 PM
It's coming close to that time in Somervell County to vote against a hospital district AGAIN! Mike Ford and the county commissioners are going through the process to try and get a vote on creating a NEW TAX called the 'Hospital District' instead of keeping it as the 'Hospital Authority'. The difference here is while it is the 'authority' it has to use Somervell County tax funds, at the approval of the commissioners, to pay for it. If they created a 'district' it would be its own taxing entity like the County, like the water district, and like GRISD. I don't like the current 'authority' and I sure won't like a new tax on my property!
This makes me want to name this thing that keeps coming up because it has been already voted down at least TWICE by the voters of Somervell County while the commissioners and Mike Ford keep paying for the 'authority' even though we voted against it again and again, I decided to call this 'FordCare' in honor of the guy who keeps shoving it down our throats despite the voters wishes!!
First let's define what FordCare is...
FordCare is the opportunity for residents of Somervell County to have a NEW TAX put on their property! If you agree to this new tax you probably will have Larry Shaw, who is currently in charge of the 'authority' spending your money OUTSIDE the County, in charge. They already do this spending of tax dollars outside the county at Pecan Plantation! Yes, your tax dollars are being spent OUTSIDE the county, approved of regularly by the county commissioners!
FordCare gives you NO benefit except knowing that locals who have been running the Glen Rose Medical Center into the ground will continue to do so with little to no 'REAL' oversight by people who would actually do some oversight! The 'authority' board had an opportunity to bring in an outsider and chose the same folks who were running it to keep running it. Why change anything...it keeps losing money, let's keep it that way?
FordCare is the blind belief that no one else will buy or has any interest in buying Glen Rose Medical Center (even though I know for a fact that is not true hence the 'blind' reference). I have been an advocate of SELLING the Glen Rose Medical Center, they are already renting out the nursing home to a private entity, why keep it owned by the public? Why not sell the nursing home since others occupy it?
FordCare is the belief that the Glen Rose Medical Center is TOO BIG TO FAIL (sound familiar?) so we should bail them out with our tax dollars!
There will be MUCH MORE written on this as we move forward closer to whenever they put this on the ballot, last time they tried to sneak it on on Valentines Day but it was defeated BY THE PEOPLE!
Here are some past posts about this area...
Gary Marks salaries for past few years...including payments in 2012!
Mike Ford's obsession with keeping Glen Rose Medical Center county owned and run
The *Other*- Violation of Texas Open Meetings Act O Day -Somervell County Hospital Authority Board
Glen Rose Medical Center Trying To Hide How Money Is Being Spent? - Public Record Salaries
Glen Rose Medical Foundation and Roger Marks Tax Returns Various Years -1/26/2009
What Would Happen With Payment from Glen Rose Medical Center for Certificate of Obligation -2/2/2009
Some Hospital District Questions Answered-Glen Rose-And Some Still Not -2/2/2009
Video-Gary Marks Asked If Somervell County Would Allow the Hospital To Go Under -2/4/2009
Texas Franchise Tax Public Information Report for Roger E Marks Foundation (Glen Rose ) -2/7/2009
Statement of Change of Registered Office/Agent-Dr Roger E Marks HealthCare Foundation (Glen Rose) -2/8/2009
Appearance of Conflict of Interest re: Glen Rose Medical Center for Mike Ford of Precinct 2? -2/9/2009
About that 3.5 cents from the Somervell budget that supposedly would have shifted to the hospital district -2/14/2009
The Dr Roger E Marks Foundation As Described in the Glen Rose Medical Center Brochure of Feb 2009 -2/21/2009
Somervell County Commissioner Mike Ford says *the court never loaned money to the Glen Rose Medical Foundation*...oh yeah? -3/8/2009
Somervell County Commissioner Mike Ford refuses to discuss County business with constituents -3/22/2009
More on Conflict of Interest re: GRMC -One Answer from County Attorney (Somervell County) -4/13/2009
Roger E Marks Foundation Changes From Mike Ford Being Registered Agent on April 2 2009 (Glen Rose) -4/26/2009
Mike Ford and the Roger E Marks Foundation -on the board (Glen Rose) -5/7/2009
Is Glen Rose Nursing Home a Completely Private Entity Or Is the Status Murky? -7/16/2009
Audio and Transcript from Somervell County March Hearing about the Certificate of Obligation (2008) -7/22/2009
Is the Taxpaying Public Going to be Invited to Apply to be on the Somervell County Hospital Board? -9/16/2009
*Weak* Financials? What the Fool Happened with Somervell County and the Glen Rose Medical Center -12/24/2009
Thinking Again About the Glen Rose Medical Center Monies- February 16, 2010 Part 1 -2/16/2010
Audio-Some Items the Glen Rose Medical Center aka Somervell County Hospital Authority Is Asking For -3/9/2010
Audio-Somervell County Hospital Authority Asks County To Cover Shortfall $294,024.85 (March 2010) -3/9/2010
More on Community Hospital Corporation that Somervell County Hospital Authority Board Went With (March 2010)
Video-Where's the Money Going? Glen Rose Medical Center Town Hall Meeting March 2010 -4/2/2010
Check Register for Somervell County Hospital District (GRMC) March and April 2010 -5/28/2010
Texas Attorney General Rules that GRMC Cannot Keep Salary Information Secret -5/28/2010
What is Glen Rose Medical Center Planning to Do with Meridian Manor (Bosque County)? June 2010 -6/11/2010
Reminder that GRMC (Glen Rose Medical Center) still requires monthly bailout from taxpayers (June 2010 -6/11/2010
Bonuses Paid to Glen Rose Medical Center Employees in 2008, 2009 and 2010 -6/23/2010
Glen Rose Medical Foundation 990 IRS Forms for 2006, 2007 and 2008 -6/24/2010
Glen Rose Medical Center's contract with ESS (for the Emergency Room) -June 2010 -6/24/2010
Really? Gary Marks of Glen Rose Medical Center Doesn't Know What the Employees are Paid? -7/6/2010
Subsidizing the 501a Doctors at the Glen Rose Medical Center-the Agreement -7/20/2010
Somervell County Hospital Authority Anticipates Needing $895,699 Handout for Next Year's Budget -7/30/2010
How Much Money Have the 501A Doctors Requested from Somervell County Hospital Authority dba GRMC? -8/13/2010
Approved Budget for the Somervell County Hospital Authority dba Glen Rose Medical Center and Nursing Home 2011 -8/27/2010
Too Big To Fail? Mike Ford Echoes The Financial Disaster Mantra About Glen Rose Medical Center -10/1/2010
Public Glen Rose Medical Center web site has a donate now button for the Private Marks Foundation -4/4/2011
Curious-Anyone know if there is a back story on why Gary Marks resigned? -6/6/2011
Somervell County Judge Mike Ford proposes $350,000 INCREASE in Hospital Administration fees -8/23/2011
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