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Hospital District Mill Levy Creates Controversy In Granite Co.

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A mill levy for the hospital district on Granite County's ballot, is creating controversy and debate among community members.

The goal of the measure is to raise $398,000 for on-going operations at the Granite County Medical Center. This levy is intended to be permanent and to replace a $350,000 levy, which expires in June of 2015. It would take effect the following July.

Employees at Granite County Medical Center say without the levy, they'll have to make cuts to some areas of the center. However, some Drummond residents say they don't use the hospital enough to be willing to pay the extra taxes.

"We get virtually no benefit from it. We don't have a primary care provider, most people form our area don't use the hospital at Philipsburg. The only thing they might use is the nursing home," said Drummond resident, Sue Peterson.

On the other hand, nurse practitioner Ashley Westphal said, "They really do provide a big service to communities, because it can be a long distance to any other form of health care. They also provide a lot of jobs to community, and things like a mill levy are necessary to keep them operating financially."

If the levy passes, the tax impact on a home valued at $200,000 would be just over $102 per year.

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