Prior attempts at establishing a healthcare taxing district have failed twice with Hidalgo County voters.
EDINBURG – A highly controversial subject is expected to be discussed once more if agenda items hold true at Tuesdays Commissioners Court meeting. Item 8-A on the Hidalgo County agenda calls for a discussion over a “Health Care Funding District.” Previous attempts at creating at Healthcare (Hospital) District have failed twice with Hidalgo County voters, with the most recent 2016 Proposition 1 being rejected by 72% of voters.
Both proposals of the Health Care Taxing District were supported by the majority of local leaders including Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, state Representatives Terry Canales, and Bobby Guerra, Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, and even recently ousted Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia spoke in favor of a health care district. One of the biggest booster of the health care district is state Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, who even after seeing the proposition fail twice at the polls, still held on to hope that some form of health care funding would arise.
Local leaders at the very least would like to see additional support for the UTRGV School of Medicine. Since the proposition’s defeat, rumors began to spread as to how a health care funding proposal could resurface, and initial thoughts were that the proposal would be repackaged as a Medical School support proposition. Hinojosa himself alluded to this with his commentary posted to the Mcallen Monitor, urging local residents to do their part in “investing” in the School of Medicine. Hinojosa even attributed the regions economic growth to the Medical School’s existence. This comes after the city of McAllen finally fulfilled on it’s obligation to pay 1 million dollars to the School of Medicine.
Most if not all the aforementioned politicians have received contributions from Border Health Pac. The pac primary purpose is to advance the interest of Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance, and with so much money put into establishing a health care funding/taxing district, it was only a matter of time until the proposal resurfaced.
Concerned citizens and local watchdog groups have already planned to attend Tuesday’s Commissioner Court meeting to voice their disapproval of the proposals return.