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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 23:39
EL PASO, Texas — University Medical Center President and CEO Jim Valenti is saying El Paso is one of the largest communities in the nation with a lack of access to healthcare.
They're looking to amend that situation by building four new outpatient clinics spread out throughout the city.
After demographic studies, UMC decided they'd build them in West, East, Central and Northeast El Paso.
The hospital wants to pay for the 50,000 square foot facilities by selling $162 million in bonds.
First, County Commisioners have to say 'Yes'. If approved by Commissioners Court on April 1st, property taxes would go up about $20 a year for a $100,000 home. That means about $1.70 more each month per household.
"We think its a wise investment," said Valenti. "We've given a good return of people's money and we've been frugal. I think the community knows we've been very frugal and we've been good stewards of the citizens money".
Not everyone agrees with this plan.
On Monday, the Canutillo Independent School District Board of Trustees passed a resolution which opposes the sale of these bonds. The board says it agrees there is a need for better access to health care, but says the tax increase should first be approved by voters.
For information on the clinic plans: www.umcelpaso.org