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Hospital sticks with May election date
Unlike the city of Floresville and the Floresville Independent School District -- both of which decided last year to move their elections from May to November -- the Wilson Memorial Hospital District’s election routine remains unchanged.
The board decided at its Oct. 18 meeting to continue holding its elections in May. Entities throughout Texas have the option of moving their elections to November under Senate Bill 100, which was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry following the state’s 82nd Legislative Session. The bill, which was the state’s response to the federal MOVE (Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment) Act, is designed to give better voting access to service members deployed overseas.
Five seats will be up for grabs when the board holds its next round of elections in May. Jerome Brooks, chief executive officer of the Connally Memorial Medical Center, said following the Oct. 18 meeting that one seat for each of the county’s four precincts will be open, along with an at-large seat. Currently serving in those positions are:
•Precinct 1, Monica Flores
•Precinct 2, Ronnie Eckel
•Precinct 3, Sue Coats
•Precinct 4, Sam Carter
•At-large, Jimmy Fietsam.
Also during the meeting, the board voted to renew the hospital’s property insurance policy with Zurich American Insurance Co. Brooks said the hospital will pay an annual premium of $45,523.44.
The board also voted to pay the hospital’s management firm, Endeavor Healthcare, its quarterly performance fee of $105,000.
In other business, the hospital had a profitable September. According to the financial and statistical report, Connally recorded a net income of $466,772 for the month. Much of this came from property taxes and other subsidies, which totaled $318,443. The remainder came from $1,100 in “other income” and $147,229 in operating income.
Year-to-date, the hospital continues to be strong, with a net income of $2,552,890. As is the case with September’s net income, much of the year-to-date total -- $2,785,622 -- comes from property taxes and other subsidies. An additional $59,990 came from “other income.” Those figures were offset by the hospital’s operating loss of $292,722.
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