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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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Special District

Kern Valley Health Care District
Measure Q - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results


2,431 votes yes (45.65%)

2,894 votes no (54.35%)

100% of precincts reporting (16/16).

To maintain access to life-saving emergency medical care for victims of accidents, heart attacks, strokes and other medical emergencies; keep equipment and hospital facilities up-to-date; expand the Emergency Department; and attract qualified doctors and medical specialists, should Kern Valley Healthcare District levy an annual special tax of $82 per parcel for 40 years, raising approximately $1,100,000 annually, with a citizen oversight committee, mandatory audits, and no money for employee salaries?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Kern County Registrar of Voters

The Board of Directors (“Board”) of the Kern Valley Healthcare District (“District”) placed this measure on the ballot. A “Yes” vote by at least two-thirds (2/3) of the voters voting on this measure would authorize the District to levy an annual spe­cial tax of eighty-two dollars ($82) on each taxable parcel of land within the Dis­trict. The tax would be imposed for forty (40) years.

The tax proceeds would be used to finance a partial retrofit of the existing hospital campus as well as a small addition. The proceeds would also be used to secure long-term borrowing to finance future capital needs of the District.

The tax proceeds would be deposited into a separate account. The District’s chief financial officer would issue an annual report to the Board showing the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any projects or programs required or authorized to be funded by the proceeds. The Board would establish an inde­pendent citizens’ oversight committee to oversee the expenditure of the proceeds.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Q Vote yes on Measure Q

Kern Valley Healthcare District (KVHD) has provided continuous emergency, medical, acute care and related healthcare services to our local residents for 50 years. KVHD provides a wide range of healthcare services, including inpatient acute care, imaging services, behavioral health, rehabilitative and respiration therapies, and a rural health center to name a few. Kern Valley Hospital offers treatment services for patients with acute injuries, 24/7 emergency services, gas­trointestinal services, telehealth specialty services, and a skilled nursing facility providing long-term care.

Kern Valley Hospital was built 50 years ago. The hospital does not meet the cur­rent earthquake safety standards. Mandated seismic retrofits along with and ex­panded emergency room and acute care wing, will allow the hospital to continue serving our communities another 50 years into the future.

Measure Q will:

   Maintain local access to quality lifesaving emergency medical care
   Ensure the hospital’s medical equipment and technology are up to date
   Provide our rural communities a vital link to state-of-the-art medical care throughout the United States
   Upgrade hospital facilities for safety and to ensure continuous full service operation in a disaster 
   Quality healthcare in the Kern River Valley

100% of the funds go to improving the hospital by bringing the hospital facility into compliance with the California State mandated seismic requirements, providing needed medical equipment and meeting Federal HIPAA privacy laws.

TAXPAYER PROTECTIONS ARE REQUIRED including mandatory annual fi­nancial audits and independent citizensÆ oversight to ensure the money is spent properly.

Local doctors, nurses, EMT’s, firefighters, and other first responders ask for your support.

We request you to strongly support Measure Q.

Please vote yes on Measure Q on the November 6 ballot.

s/Marsha S. Smith, President Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce 
s/Darl Snyder, Engineer 
s/Daures Stephens, Business Owner 
s/Holly S. Lightner, Retired Nurse 
s/Joshua Gordon, Retired

— Kern County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST


— Kern County Registrar of Voters
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