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Wallowa County Care Facility Levy Replacement (May 2011)

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A Wallowa County Care Facility Levy Replacement measure was on the May 17, 2011 ballot in Wallowa County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 1,774 (63.68%)Approveda
  • NO 1,012 (36.32%)[1]

This measure sought to replace a current expiring levy with one set at a rate of $.65 per $1,000 of assessed property value for a period of ten years in order to help fund a new resident care facility in the health care district of the county. The new facility will replace the current one, it will be more up to date with technology and will be better suited to treat patients. Also, once the facility is built there will not be a need for another property tax to fund operations as it will be self sustaining.[2] A group in support of this measure was doing its best to inform residents about the levy measure and the needs of the care facility and those it serves. Hoping that with good information residents were able to make a better decision on election day.[3]

The local Democratic party had thrown its support behind this measure, noting that property taxes will not be increased and the insufficient current facility. The new facility will also allow for job creation for contractors and builders at least in the sort term. In the long run it will employ more employees than the current facility allowing for further job creation.[4]