Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Texas are holding elections today. Find out what's on your ballot!

Sonoma Valley Hospital parcel tax, Measure A (March 2012)

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
A Sonoma Valley Hospital parcel tax, Measure A ballot question was on the March 6, 2012 ballot for voters in the Sonoma Valley Hospital District in Sonoma County, where it was approved.[1][2]

Measure A extends the district's current $195 parcel tax for five years.[3]

Voters in the district first approved a parcel tax on March 5, 2002. Known as Measure D, that parcel tax was for $130/parcel and it was in effect for 5 years. In 2007, the voters approved another 5-year extension on the tax, and increased it to $195/parcel.[1] Voters in the district also approved a $35 million general obligation bond in 2008 to enable the hospital to build an addition that will include the hospital's emergency room and surgery suites. Construction on that project had not yet begun as of February 2012.[4]

The district's parcel tax generates about $2.8 million a year for the hospital district.[3]

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was needed for approval.

Election results

Measure A
Approveda Yes 7,354 73.2%
These final, certified, election results are from the Sonoma County elections office


  • Peter Hohorst, the president of the Sonoma Valley Healthcare District board, said, "Without the parcel tax, we would be running in the red and going out of business."[4]
  • Rick Reid, the chief financial officer for Sonoma Valley, Marin General and Palm Drive hospitals, said, "...if it [Measure A] does not pass, then we will have to put an action plan together to look at the services that are provided and make some hard decisions."[3]
  • The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce. They said, "Without this support, Sonoma Valley will jeopardize its hospital, hundreds of local jobs, a significant component to the Valley’s health-care network, and the invaluable support this hospital provides to the local economy and character of our community."[5]

See also