Can East Grand County really support a new medical facility?
To the Editor:Are you ready for tax increases? This letter is not about the upcoming presidential election, but rather a proposed urgent care facility, also called the Granby Medical Campus, that Kremmling Memorial Hospital District, the Grand County Rural Health Network, the Grand County commissioners, and Todd Ficken of F&D International (the “promoters”) are trying to build near Granby.According to the many articles appearing in this newspaper over the last year, this group plans to build the Medical Campus with 90 percent loans, and 10 percent grants or donations. However, KMHD will be operating in the building. We all know that doctors, nurses, and the like don’t work for free, and loans have to be repaid. We must ask ourselves if there are enough people in this community to make an urgent care facility profitable. So, for one reason or another, if the new urgent care facility can’t make it financially, then who is going to pay for it? The promoters know only too well who pays in Kremmling. The property owners are assessed 4.4 mils on their property taxes every year to support that facility. That amounts to about 6.5 percent of a Kremmling property owner’s total property tax.How long will the taxpayers in Kremmling be willing to pay for the treatment of citizens in this end of the county? How soon will there be a petition to extend the taxing district to cover this end of the county? Do we want an urgent care facility here that bad? According to the news, the economy was “on the brink of a depression” on Oct. 1, and our legislators claimed they had to pass the “bailout” or “rescue” bill to save our economy. Shouldn’t we all, including the promoters of the medical facility, be against going into debt in times like these? After reviewing over 14 articles posted about the GCRHN this past eleven months, I have to conclude that there has been a free ad campaign for the new facility designed to sway the public opinion to favor the medical campus so that no one will object to the tax increases that eventually come.Wake up, citizens. We can still stop this rolIer-coaster. Join the growing list of objectors and let your comments be heard. Jolene Linke Granby
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