A San Pedro Hospital District Budget Override Question
ballot question was on the November 5, 2013, election ballot
for voters in the San Pedro Hospital District in Cochise County
, which is in Arizona
. It was approved
This measure re-authorized a budget override and tax rate for the next five years. This tax was designed to benefit the Benson Hospital, which is in the San Pedro Hospital District. The tax must be renewed by voter approval every five years and was first imposed in 1989. The tax rate translates to $0.90 per $100 per assessed valuation. Last year this tax brought in $900,000 to the hospital's general fund, which constitutes 7% of the hospital's annual operating expenses.
| San Pedro Hospital District Budget Override Question|
| Yes|| 1,336|| 59.43%|
- These final, certified results are from the Cochise County elections office.
Ashley Dickey, hospital spokeswoman, said, "These funds are an integral part of the annual operating budget of the hospital and are not extra funds. Benson hospital has been receiving this funding since 1989 and the funds have meant the difference between offering all current services or having to evaluate the continuation of certain services, depending on the trends of insurance reimbursement and uncompensated care.”