Have We Been Fooled Into Voting To Raise Sales Tax For New Hospital Construction?Mar 10th, 2011 | By Submitted | Category: Letters To The Editor
To The Voters of Madison County:
Have we been fooled into voting to raise sales tax to build a new hospital and now the money is being spent elsewhere?
The following is the exact verbiage that “us,” the voters were given to vote on:
NEW HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION SURTAX REFERENDUM
(As authorized by Section 212.055(7), Florida Statutes)
Shall a one-half cent sales surtax be imposed in Madison County for the purpose of constructing, improving and paying the indebtedness to be incurred to finance the construction of and capital improvements for a new public or not-for-profit hospital facility in Madison County? The surtax shall not be used to pay the salary of hospital staff or the other day-to-day expenses of the hospital facility.
FOR THE HALF-CENT TAX ___
AGAINST THE HALF-CENT TAX ___
The $1,000,000 the hospital got out of this money pit…What was it spent on?
This wording clearly states what it is to be used for and what it is NOT to be used for!!
I am very familiar with “good ol’ boy, closed-door” politics.
If the $22,000,000.00 hospital is built, several million dollars will go to the architect and the engineer, the electrical contractors, the plumbing contractors, etc., etc., etc,. etc. for their services and this alone is enough motivation for some people to build a facility that I am afraid debt retirement will be inconceivable without an additional burden on the taxpayer.
We now have an add-on tax for the fire departments and for the Solid Waste Department.
If this overrated hospital is pushed through, the hospital tax will become an add-on.
We need a first class emergency facility, not a huge blunder, as Perry now has.
I hope to see you at the Friday county commission meeting at 5:00 p.m.