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July 14, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana: In a unique situation, Marion County voters will decide on November 3, 2009 whether or not to construct a new, $700 million facility to Wishard Memorial Hospital. Despite the fact there are no statewide election in Indiana this year, State Senator Luke Kenley insisted on a referendum, assuring that the town was not trying to evade the requirement by demanding this early vote. This means voters may use paper ballots rather than electronic voting machines.[1]

Although Wishard administrators will still have to supply all the funds for the project, they were unwilling to wait until the next scheduled election in May because, they say, that would add $50 million in total costs. Matt Gutwein, of the Health and Hospital Corporation, remarked "the cost is considerable for delaying. And, in addition, now is the time, interest rates are low." Gutwein also assured voters that now tax increase would be needed to build and maintain the addition.[2]