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Special District

Sonoma Valley Health Care District
Measure F Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

7,474 votes yes (79.5%)

1,933 votes no (20.5%)

Shall the Sonoma Valley Health Care District extend its expiring parcel tax for ten years at up to $250 per parcel per year, raising an estimated $3.8 million annually, in order to offset continuing low reimbursements from Federal and State health insurance programs, which are below the cost of providing hospital services, and assure the continued operation of the Sonoma Valley Hospital and the availability of an Emergency Room in our Valley?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

YES vote means

A “yes” vote would authorize the District to continue to levy the special parcel tax.

NO vote means

A “no” vote is a vote not to approve the proposed parcel tax, and would require the District to discontinue levying the parcel tax as of July 1, 2022.

Summary

Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

County Counsel’s Impartial Analysis of Measure F

The Sonoma Valley Health Care District (“District”) has called a special election on a special parcel tax measure to fund local access to health care services. State law requires voter approval before a health care district can impose a special tax. Measure F was placed on the ballot by a unanimous 5-0 vote of the District Board of Directors. Currently, the District imposes a special parcel tax at a maximum rate of $250 per year per parcel to fund health care services. This tax expires on June 30, 2022. Measure F would continue this tax at the same maximum rate for another ten years, commencing July 1, 2022. It is estimated that the proposed tax will generate $3,800,000 in revenue annually. Measure F states that revenues will continue to be used to supplement the reimbursement for patients with State and Federal insurance, which are below the cost of providing services. Measure F also states that, without approval of this measure, the Sonoma Valley Hospital will not have sufficient cash on hand to remain open in subsequent fiscal years. Proceeds of the tax would be placed in a special fund held by the Sonoma County Treasurer and could only be used for the purposes set out in the measure. No portion of the tax would be spent on capital improvements, other than improvements made in connection with day-to-day operational needs of the District. Measure F would also establish the District’s “spending limit” during the first year the parcel tax is levied to allow the District to spend the proceeds of the tax for these purposes. Measure F requires the District to file an annual report with the District Board of Directors stating the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any project authorized to be funded by the tax. The tax would be applied to each unit of real property in the District that receives a separate tax bill for property taxes. Multiple parcels that are contiguous and are part of one economic unit under the same name and ownership would be charged as one parcel. Parcels which are exempt from property tax, or on which no property tax is otherwise levied, are also exempt from this tax. The measure also states that the District will continue to employ its currently established administrative review process to grant exemptions and to consider appeals with respect to the determination of contiguous parcels. The tax rate may not be increased beyond the maximum annual rate without approval of the voters of the District. Measure F will become effective only if approved by two-thirds of the voters in the Sonoma Valley Health Care District voting on the measure. A “yes” vote would authorize the District to continue to levy the special parcel tax. A “no” vote is a vote not to approve the proposed parcel tax, and would require the District to discontinue levying the parcel tax as of July 1, 2022. The tax would be collected in the same manner as regular property taxes starting with the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

ROBERT PITTMAN County Counsel 

By: s/ Matthew Cody Deputy County Counsel

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

Amidst ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19, Sonoma Valley Hospital has proven itself as the critical medical resource locals need during the pandemic: Providing access to free COVID testing, obtaining early access to vaccines for Valley residents, and treating critically ill patients with COVID. The hospital has also been a critical resource during several fire and power outage emergencies. In fact, the hospital is there for us during almost any medical emergency. Sonoma Valley Hospital serves anyone in need, regardless of insurance coverage or socioeconomic status, and is integral to the health and well-being of our community.

— Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

Arguments FOR

Amidst ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19, Sonoma Valley Hospital has proven itself as the critical medical resource locals need during the pandemic: Providing access to free COVID testing, obtaining early access to vaccines for Valley residents, and treating critically ill patients with COVID. The hospital has also been a critical resource during several fire and power outage emergencies. In fact, the hospital is there for us during almost any medical emergency. Sonoma Valley Hospital serves anyone in need, regardless of insurance coverage or socioeconomic status, and is integral to the health and well-being of our community. Measure F secures Sonoma Valley Hospital’s future and helps ensure local residents and visitors have continued access to a 24/7 emergency room, state-of-the-art medical facilities, and a broad range of doctors in the Sonoma Valley – without increasing taxes. Sonoma Valley Hospital is the only medical facility in the Valley with an emergency department and ICU, which helps those in need of immediate medical attention get the help they need close to home, without having to drive to Santa Rosa, Petaluma or Napa – travel time locals can’t afford to waste during medical emergencies. This is critical as senior citizens make up more than 25% of Sonoma Valley’s population – a group that will be increasingly reliant on a local medical resource in the years to come. Measure F does not increase taxes. It simply extends an existing, voterapproved parcel tax to secure the hospital’s future for the next 10 years and provide the revenue supplement necessary to offset declining reimbursement revenues from government and private insurers. Measure F provides the local funding source Sonoma Valley Hospital needs to ensure its emergency room (and the hospital’s doors) remain open for the foreseeable future. Help ensure the future of Sonoma Valley Hospital. Vote Yes to keep our hospital and emergency room open! Vote Yes on Measure F.

Learn more at: www.YesonFSonoma.com

s/ William T. Boerum s/ Salvador P. Chavez District Trustee Business Owner s/ Kimberly Blattner s/ Joe Leveroni CSEC Commissioner Rancher s/ Claudia M. Carruth Past Board President La Luz Center No Argument Was Submitted Against Measure F

Arguments AGAINST

No Argument Was Submitted Against Measure F

— Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
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