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Section A: General News


Hospital cuts ’14 tax rate


Hospital cuts ’14 tax rate
Brian Burnside, chief executive officer of the Connally Memorial Medical Center, presents the hospital’s 2014 fiscal year budget during the Sept. 19 meeting of the Wilson Memorial Hospital District board.


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For the second consecutive year, the property-tax rate in the Wilson Memorial Hospital District will see a decrease. The district’s board of directors voted unanimously at a Sept. 19 special meeting to adopt an ad valorem tax rate of 11.46 cents per $100 of taxable value.

Property owners should see tax bills decrease by an average of $14.30. This is because the Wilson County Appraisal District certified the average taxable value of a residence within the hospital district as $146,049 for the 2013 tax year. Therefore, the average tax bill will be $167.37.

During the previous tax year, when the tax rate was 12.7 cents per $100 of taxable property value, the average residential property had a taxable value of $143,050 and the average tax bill was $181.67.

According to a presentation by Brian Burnside, chief executive officer of the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, taxpayers are projected to contribute $3,113,850 toward the hospital district’s operating budget for the coming fiscal year. This is 5 percent less than the previous year.

A new aspect of the operating budget is the hospital’s clinic system. Burnside refers to it as “the foundation” of the fiscal year 2014 spending plan. He projects that the clinic, which will house six physicians, will have 1,800 patient visits per month by September 2014.

Burnside also said the operating budget -- which also was adopted Sept. 19 -- projects that the hospital will end the 2014 fiscal year with a net income of $3,090,009.

In addition to the operating budget, the board voted to adopt the hospital’s capital budget, which Burnside said projects that the hospital will spend $1,155,821 on proposed capital needs. He said each expenditure will require separate approval from the board.

The special meeting preceded the board’s regular meeting, at which Burnside announced that Fossil Creek Urgent Care has made public its intentions to open a clinic in the former office of Dr. Bravesh Shah on U.S. 181 in Floresville. Fossil Creek’s goal is to open by Nov. 1, he said.

Connally’s management also has been considering the establishment of an urgent care facility in Wilson County. Now, the board and hospital management must decide whether to open a competing clinic in Floresville or in a community such as La Vernia.

No action was taken on the issue, which is planned for discussion in future board meetings.

In attendance: Board members Ronnie Eckel, Tommy Soriero, Tom Ray, Tom Miller, Larry Richardson, Sandy Yow, Amy Clark, and Keith Johanson; Chief Executive Officer Brian Burnside, Administrative Assistant Shirley Bienek, Finance Director Pat Solis, Chief Nursing Officer Celeste Brizzee, Human Resources and Risk Management Director Dane Bonecutter, Dr. Jim Brand, and Executive Director of Ancillary Services Thomas Repino; and Karl Hittle and Curtis Rojas of Endeavor Healthcare.

 

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