Cascade Medical Center bond fails after not reaching a 66% majority

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Cascade voters living in the hospital taxing district decided not to pass the bond that would help bring a new medical facility to the area. 

Earlier this spring, the Cascade Medical Center Hospital District Board of Trustees asked voters to approve $19 million in general obligation bonds over the next 30 years to help fund a new medical facility.

The item was on this Tuesday’s ballot and needed 66% of the vote to pass- it received 564 yes votes or, 55.57%, and the remaining 433 or 43.43% voted no. 

“From all of us at CMC, we send our heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out to support a new hospital,” Cascade Medical Center wrote in a Facebook post. “Our staff and patients deserve a contemporary and healing space that is large enough to accommodate our growing patient base.”

The post went on to say that hospital leadership, trustees, and the CMC Foundation will debrief and decide on the best path forward. 

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If the medical center bond had passed and used in its entirety, the $19 million would have a property owner impact of $68 for each $100,000 in taxable property value. 

The current medical center at 402 Lake Cascade Pkwy offers various services, including 24-hour emergency care and radiology. A hospital expansion would have allowed more help in the existing areas and brought in new services like cardiology and eye care, according to CMC. The bond was estimated to have helped cover half of the project expenses. 

BoiseDev reported earlier this year that an independent healthcare consulting firm called Wipfli assessed the expansion. This, along with a community survey, found that to meet future and current demands for the next 5 to 20 years, a hospital three times the size of the existing one would need to be built. 

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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