From the yellow booklet put out by the Save Our Hospital committee:
Tilted " Healthcare District Questions & Answers.
Question : If we vote the Healthcare District into place, will we ever get a vote again on the District
Answer: Per California Healthcare District Law, (based on California Health & Safety Code) the special tax must be voted on at least every 5 years.( a sunset clause ( or provision). The District formation is a one-time vote, but
it can be voted out of existence at a future date.
When the chairman of the save our hospital committee asked their attorney to give them an opinion that would answer to the public the question is there a sunset provision the attorney rather than give an opinion quoted California health and safety codes that pertained to this question.
Later when the question was put to the Last Frontier Healthcare District Board about re voting the special tax the chairman stated they had a letter from their attorney who said there was no sunset provision because it was not part of the ballot language.
Even though the sunset provision was not part of the ballot language it was part of the language in the Modoc County voter information pamphlet.
Of interest is that the law firm who represented save our hospital and the law firm referred to by the board with the same law firm.
When a letter of request was presented to the Last Frontier Healthcare District board (under the freedom of information act) to see the letter it was denied claiming lawyer client privilege.
The next question is will the employees at the hospital be able to keep their jobs and benefits?
Answer: Yes per the Memo of Understanding(MOU) / Transfer of ownership document with Modoc County Board of Supervisors they will.
After the board was appointed and seated where the first things that was done was to outsource the billing department and higher an outside company costing several employees their jobs,benefits and pay cuts for others. So much for those promises.
Another question: How did you come up with the boundaries for the district?
Answer: A public survey helped define the proposed healthcare district boundaries.
This is true but the survey also showed what areas would not support the district or tax and these areas were excluded from the district. A majority of the people living in these areas did not use the facility's in the proposed district but went elsewhere