Early voting on hospital issue ends Friday

QCS Staff

Early voting in the Quay County election on whether to continue a special gross receipts tax benefiting Dan C. Trigg Memorial Hospital ends Friday.

The general election on the tax, which has been in effect since 1987, is Tuesday.

This existing tax, which is equal to one-eighth of 1 percent of gross receipts, raises about $200,000 per year to support operations, maintenance, remodeling and new medical clinics for the 25-bed acute care facility in Tucumcari.

According to a fact sheet published by Trigg Hospital, funds from this special tax have been used for purposes that include remodeling the hospital’s Primary Care Clinic, defraying health-care costs through the federal Sole Community Provider program for Quay County residents who otherwise could not afford their care, and a new digital mammography machine.

Lance Labine, Trigg’s administrator, said proceeds also have been used to upgrade x-ray technologies, including CT scan devices and x-ray diagnostic equipment. Such funds have also helped provide a C-arm device that assists in surgery in the hospital’s operating room.

If voters approve the continuation of the tax, the measure will take effect on Jan. 1 and stay in effect until Dec. 31, 2019.

“It is extremely important to support this hospital,” County Manager Richard Primrose said. “It’s important not only for the citizens of Quay County but for the traveling public. Citizens have supported it in the past and have agreed to pay this tax to maintain this service.”

The hospital, he said, is also critical to economic development in the county.

“We are thankful that voters have supported us” by approving the tax since 1987, Labine said. “It is vital for us to have that support going forward.”

Continuation of the special gross receipts tax, he said, is especially important with changes coming in the federal rules for the Sole Community Provider program.

After the Sept. 17 election, the Quay County Commission will canvass the vote at a special meeting on Sept. 20.

Here are the polling places for the election:

Precinct 1—House Community/Senior Citizens Center, 110 S. Apple St., House

Precinct 2—Forrest Fire Dept., 209 State Highway 210, Forrest

Precinct 3—San Jon Community Center, 2357 State Highway 469, San Jon

Precinct 4—Nara Visa Community Center, 950 Bell St., Nara Visa

Precinct 5—Logan Civic Center, 100 N. Second St., Logan

Precinct 6—Vote Center, Tucumcari Convention Center, 1500 W. Route 66 Blvd., Tucumcari

Precinct 7—Vote Center, Tucumcari Convention Center, 1500 W. Route 66 Blvd., Tucumcari

Precinct 8—Vote Center, Tucumcari Convention Center, 1500 W. Route 66 Blvd., Tucumcari

Precinct 9—Vote Center, Tucumcari Convention Center, 1500 W. Route 66 Blvd., Tucumcari

Precinct 10—Vote Center, Tucumcari Convention Center, 1500 W. Route 66 Blvd., Tucumcari

Precinct 11—Vote Center, Tucumcari Convention Center, 1500 W. Route 66 Blvd., Tucumcari

Precinct 12—Vote Center, Tucumcari Convention Center, 1500 W. Route 66 Blvd., Tucumcari

Precinct 13—Absentee, Quay County Courthouse, 300 S. Third St., Tucumcari

Precinct 14—Early, Quay County Courthouse, 300 S. Third St., Tucumcari

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