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Riverside County, CA November 8, 2005 Election
Measure I
Emergency & Health Care Tax
Palo Verde Health Care District

2,031 / 64.09% Yes votes ...... 1,138 / 35.91% No votes

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Results as of Jan 28 2:43pm, 100.00%% of Precincts Reporting (20/20)
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To prevent the life threatening shut-down of the only hospital and full-service emergency room serving the residents of Blythe, California, and to prevent the closure of this community’s local hospital so that victims of heart attacks, strokes, accidents, burns, and other medical emergencies receive appropriate medical care, shall the Palo Verde Hospital District be authorized to levy an annual property tax of $32.00 per parcel with all revenues going for emergency and health care services and facilities?

Impartial Analysis from General Counsel, PVHCD
Measure “I,” if approved by two-thirds of the voters voting on the measure, would authorize the Board of Directors of the Palo Verde Health Care District (“District”) to levy a special tax in the amount of $32 per year per parcel of taxable land within the boundaries of the District. The tax would be effective on November 9, 2005. Proceeds from the tax would be used to ensure the continued operation of the Palo Verde Hospital and the provision of emergency room and hospital related services to the communities served by the District.

This measure would also increase the District’s appropriations limit per fiscal year, in an amount equal to the levy of the special tax for that year, as permitted by Article XIIB, section 4, of the California Constitution.

A “yes” vote on this measure would allow a special tax to be levied on property within the boundaries of the Palo Verde Healthcare District at a rate of $32 per parcel per year.

A “no” vote on this measure would not allow the special tax to be levied and would not allow the appropriations limit to be raised.


Jeffrey G. Scott,
General Counsel
Palo Verde Health Care District

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Arguments For Measure I
Palo Verde Hospital is at a critical point in its survival. In July of this year LifePoint, the company that recently took over operating the hospital notified the District that it was terminating the lease and its relationship with the hospital. Measure “I” has been placed on the ballot to prevent the closure of the hospital and ensure the hospital’s continued ability to provide modern emergency room and health care services to the residents of Blythe and the surrounding area.

For victims of automobile accidents, heart attacks and other traumatic injuries, receiving emergency care within the critical first 60 minutes can mean the difference between life and death. Having a full-service hospital and emergency room in Blythe avoids forcing patients and their families to travel over 100 miles for hospital care or even to deliver a baby.

Local doctors, nurses and employees of the Palo Verde Hospital urge support of Measure “I.” No one knows when a life-threatening emergency will strike or when you will need to use the hospital. Measure “I” ensures that medical care will be here locally when you need it.

Please vote YES on Measure “I.”


David Brooks, M.D.
President, Board of Directors
Palo Verde Healthcare District

(No arguments against Measure I were submitted)

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