Dunn and Scambler townships halt detachment efforts [UPDATED]Published 10:35am Friday, November 23, 2012 Updated 12:36pm Friday, November 23, 2012
The townships of Dunn and Scambler have withdrawn their petition to detach from the Pelican Valley Hospital District — for now.
Both township boards jointly halted detachment efforts on Nov. 12, five days before a special hearing was set to decide on the detachment.
Public hospital districts are community created governmental entities authorized by state law to deliver any services which might be reasonably expected to improve the health of the district’s residents and others in the districts’ market areas.
The townships were in disagreement over the Hospital District’s proposed $9 million expansion program, saying the project was unrealistic in the current market and far too expensive.
Before the petitions reached the special hearing, the hospital board adopted a more conservative approach to the yearly tax levy and significantly downgraded their expansion plans.
More than 60 percent of taxable value, which supports the hospital district, comes from Dunn and Scambler, in part because of the higher value lakeshore properties in those areas.