Wheeler, OR 97147
Nehalem Bay Health District Refers Proposed Bond Measure for Health and Senior Services
Tillamook County Ballot Measure #29-175
(Wheeler) – The Nehalem Bay Health District is implementing a comprehensive plan aimed at improving health and senior care and supporting health care and other essential workers.
Plan implementation includes a proposed bond measure to be placed on the May 16, 2023 ballot that would partly finance:
• Construction of a new, modern health center and pharmacy large enough to offer specialty and dental care
• Major renovations and modernizations to the Nehalem Valley Care Center, one of the few skilled nursing facilities on the Oregon coast
• Site preparation as a critical step in developing workforce housing, primarily geared for health care workers and other essential workers in our community
The overall cost of these projects is estimated to be $15.5 million.
If passed, the bond measure would raise $10.25 million.
Thanks to Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden the health district has already secured $3 million toward the construction cost of the new health center and pharmacy. An additional $500,000 federal grant has been awarded to the Nehalem Bay Health Center and Pharmacy that can be applied to the construction cost. The District is actively seeking state government support, as well as foundation and private contributions to complete the full funding package.
If the measure passes, bonds would mature in 26 years or less from the date of issuance and may be issued in one or more series. The annual average tax rate is estimated to be $0.37 per $1,000 of taxable assessed property value. For illustration, a property with an assessed value of $300,000, and an annual average tax rate of $0.37 per $1000 of assessed value, may experience an increased tax of $170.00 annually, or approximately $0.46 per day. Actual rates may vary based upon interest rates incurred and changes in taxable assessed value. The projected tax cost for the measure is an estimate only, based on the best information available from the county assessor at the time of the estimate.
Depending upon the success of foundation and other funding opportunities, the District may not need to levy the full amount requested in the bond measure.
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers, Tillamook County Ballot Measure #29-175
If the bond measure passes what is the Nehalem Bay Health District proposing to do?
The District’s strategy has three objectives, fundamentally aimed at enhancing the well-being of the overall community by improving health and senior care and supporting health care workers. To better fulfill that mission, the District is proposing to:
• Construct a new, modern health center and pharmacy, replacing an outdated building with one large enough to offer specialty and dental care
• Make major renovations and modernizations to the 40-year-old Nehalem Valley Care Center, one of the few skilled nursing facilities on the Oregon coast
• Demolish the old hospital building and associated environmental cleanup. This site preparation is a critical step in developing workforce housing, on District land, primarily geared for health care workers and other essential workers in our community
For the complete Q and A document we invite you go visit our website via the link below. go to LATEST NEWS and select Proposed Tillamook County Ballot Measure #29-175: FAQ : www.nehalembayhd.org/