GRMC spends tax dollars on newspaper ad to promote the CEO, who apparently just moved to Somervell County this year


 
Glen Rose Medical Center spends tax dollars promoting employees in newspaper ads

GRMC spends tax dollars on newspaper ad to promote the CEO, who apparently just moved to Somervell County this year
 


1 May 2014 at 10:09:08 PM
pharper

I saw an ad in the Glen Rose Reporter this week, it was an ad promoting the CEO of Glen Rose Medical Center.

It is quite a large ad (larger than a quarter page) costing $144 according to the Glen Rose Reporter, and he is not running for office but they felt the need during an election season to promote their people in ads....all while using YOUR TAX DOLLARS to do it. They claim we need taxes because the hospital can't run without it but we see a huge waste of tax dollars promoting its own employees. This is just an example of more poor decisions by the management...and why they need to go! So be sure to cast a ballot in this hospital district election for people that will make some serious changes!

Since they felt the need to bring up Ray Reynolds, the CEO of Glen Rose Medical Center and spent our tax dollars to do it let's take a look at Ray Reynolds a little more in depth. Like maybe why the CEO has homestead exemptions on BOTH his houses in Somervell AND Erath County according to tax records. Yes you read it right, Ray Reynolds appears to have a homestead exemption on his place at 1800 Overhill in Stephenville (Erath County) and his other place at 1183 CR 2022 in Somervell County. You don't have to believe me, you can see it with your own eyes...but you have to ask which place he lives in because that is the ONLY place he SHOULD be getting the exemption.

Somervell County Tax Records show Ray Reynolds purchased the residence in Somervell County in 2012 on May 18, 2012 (deed date)
http://www.isouthwestdata.com/client/webProperty.aspx?dbkey=somervellcad&stype=id&id=R000010752

Erath County Tax Records show Ray Reynolds purchased the residence in Erath County on Feb 21, 2006 (deed date)
http://www.isouthwestdata.com/client/webProperty.aspx?dbkey=erathcad&stype=id&&id=R000029028

 (2:31pm 5/2) I just received this file from the Somervell CAD showing that this request just appeared on April 29th from Erath County so Ray Reynolds JUST filed this; and according to Erath CAD Ray Reynolds signed the paperwork on 4/23/2014. Wonder if its related to this ad he knew was coming up in the paper? Or this election? Looks like he has violated the residency requirements of his position for a few years now, what do you think the board will do about it?


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1 - concernedcitizen   2 May 2014 @ 7:55:26 AM 

Taxpayers money should benefit taxpayers!  

Running this ad was like throwing money out the window of a fast moving car!  The whole county knows "our " hospital has been mismanaged for years.  Mr. Reynolds entered into signed agreement with embezzler and wrote her a $19,000+ check!  This hospital management team knows how to spend money---but wisdom is absent!  

Illegally he tries to save money (for himself) on taxes---but he sure likes to impose more taxes on US!!!!


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2 - antitaxbrigade   2 May 2014 @ 8:43:14 AM 

Since you broght up the crazy way they spend our tax dollars , how about the golf tournament they sponsered last year or the fact they have been talking with an architect this year about remodeling? They still owe $14,000,000.00 (or more) from the last remodel.



3 - pharper   2 May 2014 @ 9:12:37 AM 

Just got off the phone with the Somervell Central Appraisal District and they say Ray Reynolds just recently filed the homestead in Somervell County this year and the Erath one is supposed to be transferred but the records do not reflect that. They are contacting Erath Appraisal District to validate this is in the works on their side so that only one homestead exemption is claimed and their tax records on the web site get updated.


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4 - pharper   2 May 2014 @ 9:24:23 AM 

Yeah these guys are spending money like there is no bottom, hiring a PR person, another IT person, ads promoting its employees...it's like they think they have a slush fund. Oh wait, they DO have a slush fund...OUR tax dollars!


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5 - concernedcitizen   2 May 2014 @ 12:09:10 PM 

Antitaxbrigade----we definitely can't afford a remodel of hospital. NOT until last one is paid for!!!!  The COUNTY needs that $ 14.5 million payback now more than ever before because of Luminant bankruptcy.  Hospital needs to pay their bills instead of frivolously spending money!!!!!i. I called that $19,000+ check to embezzler "hush money"!


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6 - salon   2 May 2014 @ 12:44:45 PM 

@pharper- If he is only just now asking for a homestead exemption on his property in Somervell County, wouldn't this mean that he has actually been living in Stephenville before this for X years? Also, why now? If he had his homestead exemption on the property in Erath county, that would mean he was not living in Somervell County. He bought the property in Somervell County a couple of years ago (May 18 2012)  but only this year (2014) applied for the exemption. Wonder what the tax rates are in Erath County versus Somervell County, ie, is it cheaper to claim a homestead exemption on Somervell now that the taxes have gone up (due, in part, to the Hospital District). 

Side note: From Texas Comptrollers' office

There are no specific qualifications for the general homestead exemption other than the owner has an ownership interest in the property and uses the property as the owner’s principle residence. An applicant is required to state that he or she does not claim an exemption on another residence homestead in or outside of Texas.


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7 - concernedcitizen   2 May 2014 @ 1:02:28 PM 

Well  ....... Reynolds has moved to Somervell County---and our County Judge has moved out of Somervell County!  How ironic!  Both individuals so involved with hospital district overloaded with debt AND that they had a MAJOR role in creating such debt!


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8 - pharper   2 May 2014 @ 1:07:29 PM 

Actually the tax rate per $100 is cheaper in Somervell compared to Erath for his houses.
Erath - ~~$2.1945
Somervell - ~~$1.51859

Which indicates to me that he just now is moving here so if he has claimed to have lived here before this year then the legal records he has filed say otherwise. Those records say he is just moving here this year.


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9 - salon   2 May 2014 @ 2:02:00 PM 

Also means that Ray Reynolds was not living in Somervell County when he was hired to be CEO in August of 2011, (Photo of this from the Glen Rose Reporter, Ray Reynolds and Larry Shaw) that he bought his house in Somervell County 9 months later, but still kept his first house in Erath County as the primary until this year. (This would kill any argument that it might have taken him some time to sell his first house to move to his second)

Here's what Larry Shaw said about this at the time (from the Glen Rose Reporter, August 26, 2011)

Reynolds and his wife, Debbie, have lived in Stephenville and have been active in the community there. But one of the board's requirements was that the medical center's CEO live in Glen Rose, so Reynolds and his wife will be moving, Shaw said.

He added that the choice of Reynolds for CEO was not just based on the fact that he was an insider and knew the medical center and its financial condition and operations well.

“This was not an easy decision and was no by no means a slam-dunk,” Shaw said.

Reynolds' experience with the medical center was “a strength,” Shaw added, and was considered.

“But we were looking to get someone who was a good fit with our staff and with our needs,” he continued. “You want to hire the best person who fulfills our needs today.”

Got to wondering about the part that said Reynolds was active in Erath County. Why yes, he was... in 2013.

The following elected and appointed officials, steering committee, as well as countless involved citizens who gave their time to participate in numerous meetings and workshops all played very important roles in the development of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan for the City of Stephenville. Their input and insight helped created a plan that will continue to guide the future of Stephenville 

Now look who's on the Steering Committee. 

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10 - concernedcitizen   2 May 2014 @ 2:47:56 PM 

Instead of being so involved with steering committee in Erath County , I wish he had paid more attention to his job that WE TAXPAYERS are paying him for!


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11 - pharper   3 May 2014 @ 12:05:42 PM 

I actually had forgotten about this but your comment reminds me, Ray Reynolds told me in email recently

The District Board has asked me to pursue ways we can improve the philanthropic activities of the hospital including working with the Marks Foundation to reorganize it to better meet the needs of the hospital and the community.  I have a meeting next week to begin working on that issue.
 

Which proves his focus is not on hospital administration but other things like the Stephenville board and the Marks Foundation. Another example of poor leadership and direction by the board and the CEO.

 


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12 - concernedcitizen   3 May 2014 @ 12:34:24 PM 

He should concentrate on his job first!  That is why the community is suffering now--- not doing his job!


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