Levy Lid Lift

Skyline Health Proposes Levy Lid Lift

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more evident of the critical need for rural health care. Skyline Health employees are here for you, preparing to care for the unknown – always keeping the safety of our communities in mind. These HEALTH CARE HEROES go above and beyond for the well-being of those they serve. They believe in the important work they do and know the significance of having a local hospital.

Klickitat County Public Hospital District No. 2 (Skyline Hospital), will be asking hospital district voters to consider a levy lid lift from .30 cents to .68 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value at the upcoming November election. With voter approval, the increase in levy funds will strengthen Skyline’s ability to maintain, replace and upgrade medical equipment, as well as make ongoing infrastructure improvements. It will also provide flexibility to allow Skyline to quickly adapt as our growing community’s health care needs change.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more evident of the critical need for rural health care. Skyline Health employees are here for you, preparing to care for the unknown – always keeping the safety of our communities in mind. These HEALTH CARE HEROES go above and beyond for the well-being of those they serve. They believe in the important work they do and know the significance  of having a local hospital.

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YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT & SO ARE YOUR QUESTIONS

For more information email info@myskylinehealth.org.Why is the increase needed?
Based on the way the health care system currently pays rural hospitals and clinics, Skyline only breaks even – at best – on more than 70 percent of the patients it cares for. The levy will be used to ensure funds are available to replace and upgrade medical equipment, and to make improvements to facilities and infrastructure. The funds will also provide flexibility to ensure we can change as the health care needs of the community change.

Will levy funds pay for the Emergency Department renovation and expansion?
No

When was the last time Skyline received a levy increase?
Twenty-four years ago the tax levy increased from .16 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value to .50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. As assessed property values increase, the cents per $1,000 decreases each year.


Is there a current levy in place?
Yes. In 2017 the existing levy was renewed for another twenty years. The renewal did not increase the tax rate.

What is the current levy rate?
Skyline is currently receiving .30 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

If approved by the voters, what will the 2021 levy rate for Skyline Health be?
The rate will be .68 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

What does this mean in terms of dollars?
A home assessed for $300,000 will see a monthly tax increase of $9.50. To calculate the monthly increase to you, take your property’s assessed value and divide it by 12,000.
Multiply this number by 0.38.