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MAIL IN BALLOT IS HERE

Posted by xaviervir on April 10, 2014

VOTE NO on measure  ‘C’ .  Property owners the ballot to increase your property tax has just arrived.   Doctors Hospital is again asking that the property owners bail them out of the financial situation.  We are presently paying two parcel taxes to Doctors.   In 2004 a parcel tax of $52 per parcel was passed and then in 2011 and additional parcel tax of $47 was passed.   Both of these taxes were suppose to bail out the hospital.  If this new tax is passed, the homeowners will be paying more that $300 in parcel taxes to the hospital.  THIS HAS GOT TO STOP!!  HOMEOWNERS VOTE ‘NO’ ON MEASURE ‘C’.  The property owners are tired of getting stuck with the bill here.  There seems to be no end to the money needed by Doctors Hospital.  It’s time for the County to come up with a solution here.  And no one’s talking about the fact that the Hospital has to be retrofitted.  Who’s going to pay for that?

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8 Responses to “MAIL IN BALLOT IS HERE”

  1. There are a dedicated group of tax fighters in Richmond, the Committee of Families for the Safety of Our Children walking the streets and handingout “No on C” (as well as “NO on H” and “NO on E”) flyers
    If you want to help, contact Mike Ali at kentuckwife@hotmail.com
    Or for ballot info and other info: http://www.saveelsobrante.com

  2. Patty said

    I saw this in the mail yesterday and you are correct the county needs to step in.

    • Sandra Davenport said

      Folks. I just voted NO. I have NEVER voted no in my 30 years in Richmond. Sorry, our taxes are outrageously high
      and we just can’t keep on bailing out the hospital.

  3. Mike Raccoon Eyes Kinney said

    ITIMES STORY SAYS RE: MEASURE C…..”Opponents of the tax, led by a mix of wealthy property owners and grass-roots volunteer homeowners, say the tax is too much on an already overburdened, low-income community and falls short of guaranteeing the hospital’s long-term survival. West County residents are already saddled with a litany of special taxes, including two previous parcel taxes for the hospital, and face at least three more on the ballot this year. Unlike previous, smaller parcel taxes for the hospital, Measure C has sparked a heated debate and triggered organized opposition, a fact that supporters concede has dimmed the outlook for passage.”

    In the Spirit of Unity Among Our People,

    Mike Raccoon Eyes Kinney
    The Committee

  4. Measure C’s facts convince skeptic
    http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_25662029/april-30-letters-editor

    I was planning to vote against Measure C until reading the ballot information provided by the opponents. I changed my mind because the opponents claim that “at least half of the hospital district is as close to the county hospital” as it is to Doctors Medical Center ER. If you use Google or Yahoo’s map feature, it’s easy to see this statement isn’t true.<<<LIER!!

    What is ironic about the opponents' claim is that almost all who put their name on the ballot information live in El Sobrante, which is much closer to DMC than the county hospital in Martinez.

    Apparently some people are so set against paying taxes that they're willing to jeopardize their health. For them, that's fine. But don't put me in that boat. Vote yes on Measure C.

    George Cleveland

    El Sobrante

    NOTE: George Cleveland – member of El Sobrante MAC – appointed by who else? John Gioia http://www.contracosta.ca.gov/1640/El-Sobrante-Municipal-Advisory-Council

    See map of West Contra Costa Healthcare District – do you think the distance to the Martinez county Hospital is just as close as DMC for many
    district residents?? http://www.saveelsobrante.com/WCCHCDDistrictMapColor.jpg

  5. San Pablo: Supporters hold telephone town hall to counter attacks on hospital tax

    “Gioia said the county and state and other area nonprofit hospitals have chipped in millions to DMC in the past, but that funding has dried up. The county, which runs the hospital in Martinez, also can’t take over DMC and fund it. Residents must dig into their own pockets to save the hospital, Gioia said.”

    WELL, GIOIA, WE’RE NOT IN A POSITION TO FUND YOUR COUNTY HOSPITAL,EITHER!! OUR FUNDING HAS DRIED UP JUST LIKE YOURS!!” – MLM

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_25662092/San-Pablo:-Supporters-hold-telephone-town
    By Robert Rogers
    Contra Costa Times
    4/29/2014
    3 Comments

    SAN PABLO — Hoping to build last-minute support from tax-weary voters and counter a torrent of recent anti-tax mailers, proponents of the May 6 mail-in ballot campaign to pass a parcel tax to save Doctors Medical Center San Pablo held a telephone town hall meeting Monday night.

    Hospital CEO Dawn Gideon, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, of Richmond, and vascular surgeon Dr. Sharon Drager led the one-hour telephone town hall, the second in a month, to assuage growing concerns that the 14-cent per square foot parcel tax measure wouldn’t save the hospital and is just a bridge to an imminent plan to build a new hospital and sell the current site to a local casino. Those claims have been made recently by opponents.
    Paramedics Steve Clifton, center, and Tom Kidder bring a patien
    Paramedics Steve Clifton, center, and Tom Kidder bring a patient on a stretcher in the emergency room at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. DMC is the only public hospital serving West Contra Costa County and faces possible closure due to a $16 million budget deficit this year. More than 40,000 patients visit DMC’s emergency room annually. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area New Group)

    “Accusations that a casino is (planned) to spring up where (the hospital) is are not true,” Gioia said.

    Voters in the West Contra Costa Healthcare District, which comprises about 100,000 voters, are already mailing in their ballots for the parcel tax, which supporters say is needed to keep open the area’s only public safety-net hospital. The ballot measure needs two-thirds voter approval to pass and would take effect in July if approved.

    Measure C would generate an estimated $20 million annually for the hospital, which is hemorrhaging about $1.5 million every month despite cost cutting and new revenues that have cut the operating deficit by about half in recent years. The tax would cost an owner of a 1,500-square-foot house $210 per year. Organizers said about 1,300 people called into the town hall meeting.

    Gideon, Gioia and Drager, a member of the hospital’s governing body, took questions from several callers and spoke on a range of points regarding why the tax would benefit the community. They said the hospital is in dire financial straits despite shaving about $24 million in operating expenses since 2008, because of low reimbursement rates for Medicare and Medi-Cal. DMC provides 25 of the 40 emergency room beds in West County, has the only cardiac and stroke center, supports 900 local jobs and has no choice but to ask residents for more money to stay open.

    “No stone has been left unturned” in the search for new funds, Gideon said. Gideon added that the Affordable Care Act, with its cuts to Medicare reimbursement rates, has exacerbated the hospital’s short-term budget troubles.

    Opponents of the tax, led by a mix of wealthy property owners and grass-roots volunteer homeowners, say the tax is too much on an already overburdened, low-income community and falls short of guaranteeing the hospital’s long-term survival. West County residents are already saddled with a litany of special taxes, including two previous parcel taxes for the hospital, and face at least three more on the ballot this year. Unlike previous, smaller parcel taxes for the hospital, Measure C has sparked a heated debate and triggered organized opposition, a fact that supporters concede has dimmed the outlook for passage.

    “It is a struggle to save every month for these taxes,” wrote Mark Howe in a letter to Gioia earlier this month. Howe owns hundreds of thousands of square feet of rentable commercial space in the district.

    During Tuesday’s town hall, some residents said they are scraping by on fixed incomes and wondered why county, state or federal funds couldn’t be used to shore up the hospital’s finances.

    Gioia said the county and state and other area nonprofit hospitals have chipped in millions to DMC in the past, but that funding has dried up. The county, which runs the hospital in Martinez, also can’t take over DMC and fund it. Residents must dig into their own pockets to save the hospital, Gioia said.

    “The county is not in a position with its own budget to take on a hospital with an $18 million deficit,” Gioia said. “The county would have to cut its own health services to take on the loss at this hospital. The (budget) gap needs to be closed before we get any affiliation, including with the county.”

    Gioia and Gideon said the long-term plan remains to close the budget gap with Measure C to make the hospital a more desirable target for absorption by a larger health care system. A smaller, more modern facility may be cost-effective in the future, they said.

    But if Measure C fails, supporters said, the hospital will close this summer.

    “We are all potentially DMC patients,” Drager said. “Our cardiac and stroke center provides state-of-the-art care that Kaiser Richmond and Alta Bates and (county hospital in) Martinez can’t, so those patients will need to go farther to Concord or Oakland, and that will probably result in some people losing their lives.”

    Contact Robert Rogers at 510-262-2726 or rrogers@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/SFBaynewsrogers.

  6. Readers: Please comment on above article – for sure Gioia reads these comments!

    • Steve Morrow said

      Steve Morrow,Pinole,ca 5/3/14 Those that are sick of paying taxes to support needed services in West Contra Costa county are being short sighted. The idea that the county is going to step in and save the hospital is wishful thinking. The loss of our hospital will turn west county into a medical wasteland. Many of the people on fixed incomes,including myself will have to travel to Oakland’s Summit Hospital or John Muir. Contra Costa Regional does not have the equipment to open a blocked artery after a person has had a heart attack or stroke. Dr Stern said during the telephone town hall that you have about ninety minutes to get that artery open. If Doctor’s closes the chances that you will get to a cath lab where your vessel can be reopened will be significantly reduced leading to greater physical impairment or death. If the people who have or intend to vote no on C happened to be one of those. I wonder if they will reflect on whether it would have been worth less than a dollar a day to avoid ending up in a rehab facility that will ruin them financially.
      Also remember that if the hospital does not make it the tax goes away. Losing Doctors Medical Center will not help property values in West County and will contribute to West County to become more of an economic backwater than it is already.
      Vote yes to save the hospital ,friends,relatives or youself.

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