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Stories Added - August 2009
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HCHD Reviews Tax rate
Houston County Courier -  August 2009

By Daphne Hereford
Managing Editor

CROCKETT – After some discussion and review of the proposed effective tax rate during a meeting held on Tuesday, Aug. 18 Houston County Hospital District board members agreed they did not want to increase taxes.
Board member Dr. Ray Morrison said their intent was to keep the tax rate the same at last year’s rate of $.2910 per $100 valuation rather than increase it to the proposed effective tax rate of $.02953 per $100 valuation.
Accountant Dick Murchison told board members they would actually set and approve a rate at a future meeting.
In other business, new board member Carol Dawson was administered the oath of office by President Dr. John Stovall.
The board elected officers including Stovall as president, Deborah Blackwell as secretary, and Dr. George Beeler as vice president.
During the surgery center update, Dr. Patrick Walker said the district had been granted a 90-day extension until Sept. 1 on the project.
He shared an architectural rendition of the facility with board members and said the drawings had gone through three sets of revisions to get the most efficient use of the space.
He said about $2.5 million would be needed to finish the project.
Board member Blackwell asked if the district wasn’t planning to do the project for two years would the drawings still be current enough to be useful.
CPA Dick Murchison said that the $198,000 from the grant was in limbo and would go away if the district didn’t spend some money. He added that there was a 20 percent match that was the responsibility of the district.
Dr. Morrison reported that the resident house had been named “Resident Physicians Education Center”  (RPEC) and that it was fully operational with one student living there for the past 5.5 weeks.
It was reported that an agency nurse was staying in the house as well.
Dr. Morrison said they planned to hold live physician conferences at the house on Wednesday afternoons and in addition to the $600 donated for a projection screen an additional $300 was needed.
He said $2,400 had been provided for the phone, Internet and cable service.
ETMC Administrator Terry Cutler reported that since June the hospital census was slightly above average.
Murchison reported that the district current assets were $3 million and total other assets were $54,426.25 and total assets were $8.1 million.






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