Foundation Hospital millage renewal on the ballot May 4
Early voting on the May 4 election continues through Saturday.
The lone referendum on the ballot is the renewal of Hospital Service District 1’s 3.47 property millage.
Franklin Foundation Hospital Chief Executive Officer Parker Templeton told district commissioners Thursday during their monthly meeting that he has been busy this week to promote passage of the millage.
Earlier in the week he asked Franklin Rotarians to support the tax renewal.
He noted that yard signs urging “yes” votes have been distributed by the Friends of Franklin Foundation Hospital.
The tax generates some $590,000 a year that is used for the hospital’s operation and maintenance, Templeton said.
“Right now we’re collecting 3.37 mills that we’ve rolled back and we expect to continue to roll it back as long as we have a (budget) surplus,” Templeton said.
As of close of business Thursday, 102 ballots had been cast in early voting that began last Saturday, according to Registrar of Voters Jolene Holcombe. The registrar’s office on the third floor of the courthouse in Franklin is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday for early voting.
In other business Thursday commissioners:
—Heard from Chief Financial Officer Ron Bailey that there was a $76,897 surplus of income in March, the sixth month of the fiscal year, bringing the year-to-date bottom line up to $1.75 million.
—Agreed to extend the closing date on the old hospital property from May 15 to May 31. It was noted that the purchasing company, MRP-St. Mary LLC, has a new owner, Scott M. Gottsche. Plans for the facility that has been vacant since the hospital moved to Northwest Boulevard five years ago are still for conversion to an assisted living facility.
—Learned that the hospital will be receiving three coveted awards from Avatar Solutions for innovation, and most improved in cleanliness, communication and medications. “These awards are the most difficult to earn,” said Don Smithburg of the Quorum health management firm. “It’s the patients making these determinations.”