Hello, fellow Silver City residents,
I am frankly happy that the hospital mil levy increase did not pass. This is NOT because I want to see us lose the fine hospital facilities we have here, but my viewpoint has to do with a couple of different issues. First, as has been discussed earlier, the GRMC DOES need to be responsible with, and accountable for the monies it is given to operate, (from ALL sources), and this accounting should be available with past and current figures, in order for the public to see how the hospital is spending these funds.
In other words...it seems that the staff who run GRMC have (apparently) been lax in the bookkeeping and accountability of the flow of these monies... for YEARS, as evidenced by the 21 MILLION dollars which has not be accounted for. It is time to figure out WHERE all this money went missing. (before actually GIVING additional money...). This is only sensible, and prudent. Nobody wants to invest their money into a business which cannot provide accurate and up-to date financial records... which actually BALANCE.
Secondly, the entire voting scenario on this issue was illegal (according to state law) anyway... because according to the particular state law which spells out WHO can vote on issues which will raise the mil levy and subsequent property taxes on those who own REAL property within Silver City,... ONLY property owners can vote on these. This makes sense, because the property owners of any town or city own the real value of the town itself. Those who do not own property within the voting area have no financial stake in the outcome, but the owners of Real property within this voting area DO. The vote will affect the tax burden ONLY on property owners. Therefore, common sense (and state law) say that ONLY the people who are at risk of incurring additional tax expense, in the form of property tax increases.... can vote on this issue... and NOT the general public.
I understand that the mil levy increase scenario.... is an EASY way to attempt to raise money for a community project, however, it is my opinion that some other revenue stream should be tapped, in order to fund the hospital, (or any other totally worthwhile project which is undertaken by our town.... or any town). There must be some other way ahead to obtain the money AND make funding come from a source .... which is equally shared by ALL the citizens of a town or area who will be using the facility.
At the core of this issue is a BIG NEED to create a mechanism which will spread the burden of funding these sorts of projects... to ALL areas which are served by the hospital, and not JUST via the property owners of Silver City. It is a conundrum, because I also do not want to see the current gross receipts tax for Silver City ... (which is already 8%)... to increase further. (I also know that when gross receipts tax liability is increased, it usually becomes a PERMANENT increase, which is never reduced, even though the original need for money has already been fulfilled.
If anyone can offer an alternative method (besides increasing property taxes OR increasing gross receipts taxes), I would love to hear some new ideas on here, so we can perhaps, find other funding ideas for the hospital... AND read suggestions about exactly HOW the hospital can be funded. Bottom line is: GRMC must be required to give an accounting of WHERE the missing 21 MILLION dollars went.... (for past years).... and also how to put into place stricter "funds flow" bookkeeping, and legal requirements for the hospital... (so that future funding is contingent on an accurate accounting of ALL money given to the hospital).
Here are a couple interesting links.... to alternative hospital operation MODELS... and funding sources. https://www.bridgespan.org/insights/lib ... ing-modelshttp://www.sustainabilityroadmap.org/st ... EX3HnUrLmE