Thinking Again About the Glen Rose Medical Center Monies- February 16, 2010 Part 1
16 February 2010 at 10:43:29 AM
The Somervell County Hospital Authority Board is planning a town hall meeting at, probably, the end of March or beginning of April, but it is not clear to me whether the 7 board members will actually answer any questions or simply present a forum for citizens to ask questions in an orderly fashion at a microphone, be asked for contact information and get an answer later, sometime after the meeting. I hope even if the Q&A is not interactive, that some questions still be asked, even if no answers are immediately forthcoming. (Wonder if a list of questions was presented first, if the board would be prepared to answer them? For example, they have been sent the questions Charley Thomas had, which were also printed in a letter to the editor in the Glen Rose Reporter this last week, so presumably they have plenty of time to bone up.)
At the Certificate of Obligation hearing in March 2008, Walter Maynard raised the question about what would happen if, at sometime down the road, the whole thing became a hospital district. (Again, the audio link and a rough transcript is here) That actually didn't take very long as you may recall that within only a few months after, Mr Marks led a campaign, with a vote on Valentines Day last year, to try to convert the Glen Rose Medical Foundation into a hospital district. I won't go over all that again, except to say that the vote resoundingly failed. One would presume that the payments were going to start to repay the COs, as per the lease, but instead, GRMF apparently knew they weren't going to be able to make the payments and went to the county, which decided to go for conversion, again, to a hospital authority. (as a side note, when you listen to this, note that the county is expected to do some level of subsidization for the hospital, including for the 501a doctor org)
As Mr Thomas has pointed out, if the county expected to get back that money, and had budgeted for it, isn't it at least possible and likely probable that the county will have to come back and do SOMETHING to get back that money? What? Raise taxes? Cut out services? What? It probably won't happen right away since this is an election year but surely something will have to be done, right?
Will continue with this later. I welcome comments. If you see anything, as well, that is just flat out WRONG, please comment about it. I try very hard to put in audio, video, or source document links about anything I have an opinion on, but of course you may know something I don't. Please include a reference if you do.