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The Post Dispatch
A public hearing was conducted on Thursday, Sept. 23 on the proposed tax rate for the Garza County Health Care District. With no public comment the board unanimously voted to accept the tax rate for the 2021-2022 fiscal year as presented. Board members voting included Terry Bartlett, Kristi Cole, and Stacy Riker. David Norman was absent from the meeting and President of the Board Brandt Taylor did not vote since a quorum was present.
The no-new -revenue tax rate is the tax rate for the 2021 tax year and will raise the same amount of property tax revenue for the health care district. The tax rate will remain at $0.1472 per $100.
In other business the board is finalizing plans to for a physical therapy facility to be built in 2022. Bids for the construction of the new addition are expected to be published at the end of October with construction set for January 2022. One of the criteria the board requested was to use local contractors and sub-contractors if possible.
UMC Physicians Network announced they do not have plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to their clinics in the area because of scheduling issues. It was noted COVID-19 vaccines are readily available at walk-in-clinics, drug stores and some supermarkets. However, testing is available for COVID, strep and flu at the clinic. For appointments the clinic at 806-495-2853.
In other business, Terry Bartlett told the board he is working on an interlocal agreement with the city and county on a Joint Election Administrator. The JEA will oversee elections for the county, city, and hospital district.
The next regular scheduled meeting will be held October 14.