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Hospital district board recommends lowering tax rate
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Brian Burnside (right), chief executive officer for the Connally Memorial Medical Center, begins his report to the hospital district’s board of directors during its Aug. 21 meeting at the medical center.
WCN CorrespondentAugust 27, 2014 3,798 views 1 comment
The Wilson Memorial Hospital District board of directors has recommended adopting a reduction of its effective property tax rate in the district’s 2015 budget.
According to information furnished by the board, the proposed rate is 11.12 cents per $100 of assessed value. Due to an increase in property values in the district, tax revenue is anticipated to increase by $98,217 for the coming fiscal year. Last year’s effective rate was 11.46 cents per $100 of assessed value.
The motion was made and carried unanimously during the board’s Aug. 21 meeting, which immediately followed both its finance committee meeting and a budget workshop in the hospital conference room. This action follows similar reductions over the last two years. The board governs the Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville.
Connally’s Chief Executive Officer Brian Burnside explained that the rate reduction would not cause a loss of tax revenues, because property valuations had increased overall.
“This [budget] covers capital expenditures and gives us a cushion,” he assured board members.
Anticipated capital improvements include purchase of an MRI, “build out” of the medical center’s north campus, technological upgrades, and bed replacements. He said he expected 2015 to be a lot like the second and third quarters of 2014.
The board will meet to formally approve the budget at its next monthly meeting, also in the hospital conference room, on Sept. 18 beginning at 6 p.m.
Burnside also reviewed an employee engagement survey, citing a 95-percent participation rate by medical center employees. He pointed out that a high percentage expressed satisfaction with Connally “as a place to work.”
Board member Tommy Soriero expressed concern that safety and security weren’t rated higher. Burnside responded that those ratings related to some emergency room situations that were already being addressed.
In other action, the board voted:
•To accept the resignation of Keith Johanson from the board
•To add to the board member annual conflict of interest policy a requirement for all board members to sign a statement and have it notarized that they have read and understood the policy
•To approve purchase of a GlidesScope Advanced Video Laryngoscope, which allows medical professionals to obtain a clear, open view of airways for intubation, for $117,398.
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