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Election on Tri-City Medical Center Bond Measure Enters Final Stage


Aired 4/19/09


Residents of Carlsbad, Vista, and Oceanside have one more week to vote on a bond measure to expand and upgrade Tri-City Medical Center . Voters in the hospital district must mail in their ballot by August 26th. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.


The 589-million dollar bond measure would pay for a phased upgrade of Tri-City Medical Center over the next few years. It would also help the facility meet current earthquake standards.


Opponents agree the hospital needs a facelift, but say raising property taxes to do it is wrong.


Kelli Moors is with the Yes on A campaign. She says there's no other way.


Kelli Moors: :A healthcare district is not able to levy a sales tax the way that a city, municipality can. This is a very typical way for a school district or a healthcare district to obtain money for facilities improvements.


Prop A needs a two-thirds majority vote to pass. North County voters narrowly rejected two similar Tri-City bond measures in 2006.


Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.



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