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League of Women Voters of Ohio
Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal And Decrease)
A majority affirmative vote is necessary for passage
183,344 / 68.22% Yes votes ...... 85,415 / 31.78% No votes
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A renewal of a part of an existing levy, being a reduction of nine-tenths (0.9) mill to constitute a tax for the benefit of the County of Hamilton, Ohio, for the purpose of SUPPLEMENTING THE GENERAL FUND TO PROVIDE HEALTH AND HOSPITALIZATION SERVICES, INCLUDING UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL at a rate not exceeding four and forty-nine hundredths (4.49) mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to fortyfour and nine-tenths cents ($0.449) for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five (5) years, commencing in 2006, first due in calendar year 2007.
FOR THE TAX LEVY
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY
The levy was approved for the ballot by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) after reviewing recommendations of two commissioner appointed advisory committees, the Tax Levy Review Committee (TLRC) and the Health Care Review Committee (HCRC).
What the levy will do:
Each year levy funds will go to:
All hospital levy monies are to be used for Hamilton County residents only. All non-hospital entity allocations, except for TB, reflect slight increases over the previous levy.
This year an additional county-appointed commission, the Health Care Review Commission (HCRC) examined portions of the Health and Hospitalization funding for University and Children's Hospitals. The HCRC also made suggestions to the BOCC to streamline the TB and inmate medical service programs. The BOCC made final the decision on the total amount and apportionment of these parts of the levy.
The HCRC's primary recommendation was that the county no longer be an insurer of last- resort for indigent patients but that it provide grants for indigent patient care not already covered by other sources such as Ohio's Hospital Care Assistance Program. This change reduced administrative costs that led to the recommended reduction of levy funding for the hospitals from $43 million to $20 million per year. The hospital portion later was fixed at $32 million per year after discussion and deal made with U.C. representatives by the BOCC. Payment of levy funds to other area hospitals for indigent care was not recommended. A summary of this committee's reports can be found at: http://www.hamiltoncountyohio.gov/ hc/bocc_hcrc.asp
The Tax Levy Review Committee looked at the Inmate Health Care and Juvenile Court Medical Services, tuberculosis control and the alcohol and drug abuse programs and recommended changes in operations that would produce savings. A cost of living increase of 2.3% was recommended in line with the Commissioner's goal to keep tax levy increases below the rate of inflation.
The Inmate Health Care increases also recognized that medical costs increase at a higher rate.
For a complete report of this committee go to: http://www.hamiltoncountyohio.gov/hc/bocc_default.asp
Background: The Health and Hospitalization Levy was first passed in 1966 to reimburse the then University of Cincinnati Hospital for their care for medically indigent patients. Children's Hospital Medical Center was added in 1976. The levy millage has increased with each five year renewal until this year's ballot issue.
Proponents of the levy say:
Opponents of the levy say: