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Arguments in Favor of Proposition Eight:
An argument identified by the Texas League of Women Voters (LWV) in favor of proposition 8 is that “Hidalgo County has a high rate of uninsured residents, and this proposition could help the county establish a hospital district and obtain federal funds for much-needed emergency care for the poor.”
According to the LWV, supporters also note that Hidalgo County is the only county in the state that has a cap of $0.10 per $100 property valuation. All other counties can levy a tax of 75 cents per $100 valuation. Because of the low limit, Hidalgo County is the largest county in Texas without a hospital district.
According to the Texas Legislative Council, other counties that are authorized to tax at the 75 cent level generally only levy a tax of 30 to 40 cents per $100 valuation for hospital districts. According to the TLC’s analysis, supporters argue that the county’s relatively small tax base and the low limit on hospital district taxes means that Hidalgo County cannot obtain the funds necessary to establish a hospital district. Removing the restriction would enable the county to establish a hospital district to provide medical services and attract federal funding to support emergency health care for the poor. It would also help ensure local control by leaving it up to the county’s voters to decide whether and how much hospital district taxes should be. Establishing a hospital district would also provide a source of revenue for the development of the planned University of Texas medical school in the Rio Grande Valley.
Arguments in Opposition to Proposition Eight:
The argument against Prop. 8 identified by the League of Women Voters is that it could raise taxes for property owners in Hidalgo County by as much as $0.75 per $100 of valuation.