Who are they trying to convince?

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Who are they trying to convince?

22 August 2013 at 4:37:11 PM

I couldn't help myself!  Reading the paper today I was laughing out loud!  The hospital district was using words such as transparency, responsibility, prudently, unforeseen maintenance charges.....   Tears are running down my face!  They are like scared children striking out on their own in uncharted waters after dodging bullet from indictments  (wait!  That chapter hasn't played out yet!)  Even the Bible states that a leopard can't change it's spots. History has been written (this hospital board has NEVER followed a budget).  It's just their ploy to get more funds next year,  ONLY if they can make it past petition to  dissolve hospital district.  We still have the nursing home/We can keep hospital. Get rid of existing hospital board and administrators!

nnursing home/we can keep our hospital the same way!  We just need different hospital bo


 Jeremiah 13:23 
Can an Ethiopian change his skin or a leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.



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1 - salon   22 Aug 2013 @ 4:59:40 PM 

With you. It is funny. Here's the link to the Glen Rose Reporter.

“The board has a great opportunity to show transparency and responsibility,” he said, adding part of that responsibility is maintaing the lowest tax rate possible.

“You have to remember there is a petition (calling for a hospital district dissolution election) out there floating around,” Burkhardt continued. “Right now — within this first year — is the time to kill it off. If you go with the 10-cent rate, you could kill it. But if you go with 12 cents, you may not have a hospital district. The public is already reacting to news of this tax rate deliberation. You can win the confidence of the community.”

Right. Confidence. Let's review. The district can go up to 17 1/2 cents without another election, that is by the SAME people who had issues running it before and are not even elected (we would not have a board election until next May). They want to spend money, for example, on a Public Relations person for 40k a year. But even more significant is that at least 2 people quoted in this article thought this was low-balling the number, that they cannot run successfully unless it's at least 12 cents, as was initially projected by the county tax assessor. All they have to do, although this is really dumb, is try to keep alive until after tax season and then raise the rate. Add to that that they are spending OUR taxpayer money in Pecan Plantation Family Medical Center even though the clinic is not run as a publicly accessible entity for the public good, they tried to hide an embezzlement issue last year, and did not do their due diligence to find out if there were other options for having a hospital in Somervell County besides a hospital district. And when they went out to get the district, they lied and said there would be no hospital if it wasn't voted in despite ALL FOUR COMMISSIONERS saying they would not close the hospital.

But how hilarious is the sleight of hand right now where the purpose seems to be only to keep themselves going as a district.

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2 - concernedcitizen   23 Aug 2013 @ 8:18:57 AM 

Win confidence of community?  That went out the window a long time ago along with MlLONS of TAXPAYER'S DOLLARS!!  We can't afford this hospital district!  Please sign petition to dissolve hospital district!

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3 - salon   3 Sep 2013 @ 10:57:40 AM 

I saw one more thing about this. Even if they decide to go lower, with the under the cover purpose of tryign to stop the *Dissolution of Hospital District* initiative, notice what Gary Whittle said -again from same Glen Rose Reporter article

"Next year, we will go into effective and rollback rates", Whittle responded, adding setting a higher rate could allow a future board to cut taxes"

Yes. Because once boards set higher rates, they always DO cut taxes, right? Just ask Somervell County Comimssioners... oh... ooops.

But you see what is happening here? They are LOWBALLING the operation of the hospital in order to attempt a politically strategic move, but, as Whittle says, NEXT YEAR THEY WILL DO EFFECTIVE AND ROLLBACK TAXES. What does that mean?  Those actually would not take effect until the fall of 2014 when new tax bills are calcuated.


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