Graham Hospital District tax recall, Texas (2014)

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An effort to recall the Graham Hospital District tax in Graham, Texas was launched in early 2014. Supporters of the recall advocate repealing the district but not closing the hospital, itself. They say that district taxes are too high and are causing property taxes to skyrocket.[1][2]


The hospital district and corresponding tax was approved by voters in June 2013. Carl Buschmann, a Graham resident and one of the leaders of the recall effort, said the new hospital district has caused his taxes to increase by a third of what they were formerly. Meanwhile, those who oppose the recall say that if the tax is repealed, the hospital may have to close its doors. Graham Hospital District President Neal Blanton said the district's residents are paying 36.5 cents per $100 valuation, but Buschmann says the hospital can operate without it.[2]

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Supporters of the recall must collect at least 1,220 valid signatures in order to trigger an election. Supporters stated they hope to collect at least 2,000.[1]

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