Sonoma Valley Hospital parcel tax, Measure A (March 2012)
Measure A extends the district's current $195 parcel tax for five years.
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. 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.
The district's parcel tax generates about $2.8 million a year for the hospital district.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was needed for approval.
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- Sonoma News, "Hospital will seek parcel tax extension," October 10, 2011
- Sonoma Portal, "Voters extend parcel tax to support hospital," March 6, 2012
- Sonoma News, "Hospital parcel tax ballots in mail," February 6, 2012
- Watch Sonoma County, "Sonoma Valley Hospital seeks extension of parcel tax," October 14, 2011
- Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, "Chamber Board Supports "Measure A"," January 30, 2012