It's no secret that we're expecting to do a capital campaign to support the project. It will be exciting to hear the results of the feasibility study that we've been working on since January. Doing dozens of presentations to more than a hundred interested people (community and staff alike) has made for some hectic scheduling. The Hospital Trustees will hear the results and make a decision at their April meeting. Then, assuming a positive report from our consultants, the real fun begins!
It's beginning to look like our campaign will have two parts. First will be the obvious requests for people to donate or pledge a gift for the project. The second part will be a campaign to educate people about renewal of the Local Option Sales Tax. You see, our city has pledged a very important contribution to the project...a total of three million dollars! However, two of those millions will not be available if the LOST is allowed to expire. So, a vote will need to be scheduled sometime soon to ask voters to allow the "penny tax" to continue.
What might that mean for our project? Well, our main funding source, the USDA direct loan, and other sources will cover the actual addition pretty well. It will be up to the success of the capital campaign and the LOST renewal for the remodeling phase to go forward. The remodeling phase includes finishing the last seven patient rooms, relocation of the MRI from the trailer and several other smaller pieces.
I urge you to give the North Addition serious thought and consider helping in any way you can. A financial contribution will be wonderful, but also please resolve to speak positively and often about the project and the importance of renewal of LOST. That positive energy will do a lot for helping your hospital be ready for the future!
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