2022 Excess Tax Levy:
Just the Facts
Q: How long would this tax be collected?
A: The 2022 Excess Tax Levy is a one-year levy, and it would be set for collection next year in 2023. This is a request to renew the levy approved by 71.7% of voters in 2021.
Q: How will Three Rivers Hospital use the funds?
A: The purpose for the levy funds will not change: All revenues will be used to help cover operational expenses, primarily for the Emergency Room.
Q: What is the cost to property owners who live in our hospital district?
A: Three Rivers Hospital would receive a total of $844,000 from this excess levy. That breaks down to an estimated 33 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. This is the same rate paid by property owners this year; Three Rivers is not requesting an increase. For a $200,000 home, the tax would be about $66 for the year.
Q: Why is Three Rivers Hospital requesting this levy?
A: Due to low reimbursement rates, Three Rivers receives less than half of the total cost of providing services for emergent or trauma patients.
ER services at Three Rivers Hospital are provided by board-certified physicians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all 365 days a year. In 2020 and 2021, we expanded the ERx Group contract to include some inpatient and clinic coverage as well. This provides for stable continuity of care for patients admitted to Acute Care from the ER, because they will likely have the same physician attending to them throughout their stay. It also allows us to continue seeing as many clinic patients as possible, in addition to the dedication of our primary family medicine physician. This partnership has been great for our patients and our goal to provide the ideal patient experience; however, it is expensive.
Our team continues to work on growing other services to supplement the cost of having 24-hour emergency care available to our communities.
Q: What are the hospital’s other services?
A: Besides the ER, we offer:
- A full-spectrum family practice clinic
- General surgery consultations and procedures
- Orthopedics – surgical and non-surgical treatments
- Acute Care
- Swing beds / transitional care for extended recovery close to home
- Laboratory inpatient and outpatient services
- Radiology inpatient and outpatient services
- Women’s health services, such as gynecology and mammography
- Inpatient and outpatient physical therapy
Q: What was the timeline for deciding to renew this levy?
A: The Board of Commissioners approved Resolution 2022-05 during its April 27, 2022 regular meeting, which authorized placing a proposition on the August 2, 2022 Primary Election ballot for this one-year excess levy.
Q: Does the hospital already receive property tax funds?
A: Yes. Voters approved a levy lid lift in August 2016 for a perpetual property tax levy. The maximum amount that can be collected is 75 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, and the current rate is 68 cents per $1,000. These levy funds account for about 5% of the hospital’s total annual revenue.
Q: When will ballots arrive in the mail?
A: Washington state begins sending out ballots to voters in early July, and the 18-day voting period begins on July 15, 2022.
Q: How do I submit my ballot?
A: Drop off your ballot at your local post office before it closes for the day on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 so it will be postmarked that day. In our hospital district, there are also ballot drop boxes in:
- Pateros at 180 Pateros Mall, near the bus stop
- Twisp at 118 Glover Street, at City Hall
- Bridgeport at 1206 Columbia Avenue, at City Hall
- Mansfield at 26 Main Street, at City Hall
- Winthrop at 51 State Highway 20, at the Winthrop Barn
Questions? Contact us!
Business Development Coordinator
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Read the Excess Levy press release here.
Three Rivers Hospital District
Our hospital district is the largest geographically in the state. The district is outlined in bold in the map below. Click the image to view a larger version.