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Hospital Moves Forward With Levy 4/12/2012
Lake Chelan Community Hospital Commissioners have agreed with a staff recommendation to move forward with a proposed $19 million dollar levy to replace the aging community hospital with a modern regional facility at the AppleBlossomCenter near Walmart.
 
Plans call for the board to take action on a final levy resolution at their April 24th meeting and seek voter approval in the August primary election.
 
Hospital CEO, Kevin Able, says the decision to move forward was reached at their regular meeting held March 27th after hearing from citizens at two community meetings.
 
Now we’ll wait until August to see if the public is really excited about financially supporting a new hospital. This measure follows two failed attempts to pass levies to remodel the existing hospital. Once in 2006, and again in 2007, the board sought $33 million to modernize the aging building with voters rejecting the idea both times.
 
This time around the hospital is proposing to use internal financing capacity to help build the hospital, holding new taxes to the requested 19 million dollars.
 
The board will meet again on Tuesday, April 24th at 1:30 in the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Board meeting.
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