Olney Hospital officials will not raise tax cap

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The Olney Hamilton Hospital District will have to decide its next plan of action after voters decided to keep the hospital district’s tax cap where it is.

More than 59 percent of voters don’t want to see a tax increase headed their wat anytime soon.

Despite hospital officials saying the 25 cents per $100 cap established 30 years ago is worth about 15 cents now.

On the ballot, residents within the hospital district could have given the hospital the option to use the Texas max cap at 75 cents per $100.

Olney Hamilton Hospital is more than 110 years old and has been a hospital district since 1990.  

Officials said the hospital and two rural health clinics tend to over 18,500 patient visits from citizens over a five-county area as well as anywhere between $4-6 million in charity cases a year.

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