Introduction and Purpose
To keep the hospital open and maintain access to life-saving emergency medical care for victims of accidents, heart attacks, strokes and other medical emergencies; keep equipment and hospital facilities up-to-date; expand the Emergency Room; and attract qualified doctors and medical specialists, should Kern Valley Healthcare District levy an annual special tax of $82 per parcel for 40 years, raising approximately $1,100,000 annually, with a citizen oversight committee, mandatory audits, and no money for employee salaries?
- Finance or fund directly a partial retrofit of the existing hospital campus as well as a small addition. Retrofitting approximately 15,000 square feet of the existing 71,5000 square feet of the hospital campus and the addition of 5,700 square feet of new facilities. In addition, several portable buildings will be added to the hospital-owned site across Laurel Avenue for services not required to be in the hospital building. Hospital services which will see improvements from the project include the emergency department, medical/surgical, radiology/diagnostic imaging, laboratory, pharmacy, hospital registration and waiting. The project scope will also include limited site work required to provide vehicular and pedestrian access to facilities as well as upgrades to hospital utilities infrastructure required to meet state emergency preparedness requirements for hospitals.
- Secure long-term borrowing for such future capital needs of the District.
The proceeds of the healthcare parcel tax will be deposited into a separate account created by the District.
Definition of "Parcel"
For purposes of the healthcare parcel tax, the term "Parcel" means any parcel of land which lies wholly or partially within the boundaries of the Kern Valley healthcare District, that receives a separate tax bill for ad valorem property taxes from the Kern County Trasurer-Tax Collector.
Parcels that are exempt from, or upon which are levied no, ad valorem property taxes in any year will be exempt from the levy of the healthcare parcel tax in such year.
One parcel per owner that (1) is vacant, (ii) is contiguous to an improved owner-occupied, single-family or mobile home residential parcel, and (iii) where both parcels are held under identical ownership will, by submitting to the District an application of the owner thereof by June 15 of any year, be exempt from the levy of the healthcare parcel tax. Only one contiguous vacant parcel may be exempt under this exclusion.
Reduction In Tax If Result Is Less Other Government Support
The collection of the healthcare parcel tax is not intended to decrease or offset any increase in local, state or federal government revenue sources that would otherwise be available to the District during the period of the healthcare parcel tax. In the event that the levy and collection does have such an effect, the District will cease the levy or will reduce the healthcare parcel tax to the extent that such action would restore the amount of the decrease or offset in other revenues.
The following accountability measures, among others, will apply to the healthcare parcel tax: (a) the specific purposes of the healthcare parcel tax will be those purposes identified above; (b) the proceeds of the healthcare parcel tax must be applied only to those specific purposes identified above; (c) a separate, special amount will be created into which the proceeds of the healthcare parcel tax must be deposited; and (d) an annual written report must be made to the Board of Directors of the District showing (i) the amount of funds collected and expended from the proceeds of the healthcare parcel tax, and (ii) the status of any projects or programs required or authorized to be funded from the proceeds of the healthcare parcel tax, as identified above. In addition to the accountability measures required by law, if any, the District will establish an independent taxpayer oversight committee to provide oversight as to the expenditure of healthcare parcel tax revenues.