The Taos County Commission unanimously voted Tuesday (Oct. 2) to deny a request from Holy Cross Hospital to authorize a special election on the issue of a hospital funding tax.

The hospital sought a new property tax levy to shore up what it called a $10 million shortfall due to uncompensated care. Before the issue could have been brought to voters, the election needed to be authorized by the county commission.

The commission's vote Tuesday means no election will take place and there will be no new tax.

The additional tax would have amounted to $1.60 for every $1,000 of taxable property value for every property in the county.

Representatives of Holy Cross Hospital told the commission Tuesday that the funding was necessary in order to maintain the hospital's current level of service. Without it, the hospital now says it will now have to make drastic cuts that could amount to as much as $6 million annually.

Members of the commission showed reluctance to add to the burden put on taxpayers by governments and utilities in a sluggish economy.

For more on this story, see the Oct. 4 edition of The Taos News.

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uggeybuggey
uggeybuggey

Sorry to say, but 'thank God'. I am still trying to deal with last property tax increase 2 years ago. I also didn't get a raise this year only a pay cut. Thanks Holy Cross.

betz
betz

I have to agree with uggeybuggey.....if my taxes go up much more I'll have to move. We dont get more or better services, we just keep paying more money. GRT passed again, please just find ways to cut like everyonelse has to....meaning salaries, benefits, pensions, until the economy improves (jobs, lower energy prices) raising taxes isnt right.

jammer
jammer

Funny that when Kean Spellman was here the hospital was doing really well. I think the board really needs to look at Peter Hofstetter and ask why the hospital is low on funds. There are so many departments with too many employees and other departments with not enough help. Maybe the hospital would be better off if it got taken over by another hospital corp.

Newintown
Newintown

As a property owner I applaud the Commission! The new CEO has contracted out all the good jobs and set the hospital on a path toward bankruptcy. The hospital Board needs to contract out the CEO and send the present one packing! Will the hospital Board wake up before we lose our hospital?

Simpleas321
Simpleas321

Good thing the commission is on the ball.! This is ridiculous. As a part time resident even I saw the writing on the wall back in the summer. I contacted the newspaper months ago to look in to the financials of the hospital.
Hello board members, aren't you looking at the financials every month? This did not happen over night. They are as much to blame as the hospital administrator that took it from being in the black to the red!
Sound familiar; the hospital is being run like our country. Things need to change and it starts with the administration and the current board members.

John_R_Trujillo
John_R_Trujillo

simpleas321 you are right the commission did finally do something right,but to say the hospital is run like the country is wrong,,the hospital is not trying to change for the better, Obama is trying to fix the republicans screw up,it takes more than 4 years,and more than 8 years,people want change right now,life does not work like that,the hospital does need a new board member that can be changed in a vote from the people,hospitals do overcharge people 5 months after you pay your bills your still getting statements for a doctor you dont even know, but the system does need changes ,we need not only the emergency room ,we need a system that can take care of people with cuts,colds,flu, and so on,and leave the emergency open for real emergencies, Taos needs to look at changes to the hospital that are needed now.