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Memorial Hospital Rates Go Up If Tax Fails
During a workshop earlier in the week regarding the county wide 6th penny tax, the 18.8 million dollars slated for the hospital project drew the most questioning. Memorial Hospital has already broken ground on the project last May in anticipation of receiving 6th penny tax money. The funds already spent on the project isn't going to be money out of the hospitals pocket, they will be reimbursed if the tax passes . However that's not the whole story, if the hospitals portion of the 6th penny tax doesn't pass the hospital plans on completing the project anyway. Memorial Hospital will have to pursue revenue bonds to complete the project, health care costs to patients at the hospital will go up to make up the difference. The voters will absorb the cost in one way or another, either through the 6th penny tax or through increased healthcare costs (if they require the services) at the hospital over a great period of time than the 6th penny tax.
Sweetwater County voters will have 3 options on the upcoming ballot for the 6th penny tax. A County wide infrastructure improvement plan for Rock Springs, Green River,Wamsutter, Granger and Superior totaling 60.5 million dollars, the construction of a new green river police department totaling 4.6 million dollars, and finally a 21 million dollar proposition to provide equipment to the Castle Rock Hospital District and the bulk of the 21 million goes toward constructing a 18.8 million dollar medical office and cancer center building at the Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County.