A petition seeking an election to roll back the ad valorem property tax rate for the Dawson County Hospital District reportedly has been validated and an election will be held as soon as possible.
    Hospital board members will meet in a special called meeting at 12 noon this coming Wednesday in the conference room and/or community room of Medical Arts Hospital, 2200 North Bryan Avenue.
    The only items on the agenda for that meeting deal with a resolution to validate the petition and the setting of a date for the rollback election. Once the date has been set the board will consider ordering that the election be held and the appointing of election judges.
    Sara Del Busto, executive assistant to the hospital board, had been notified this past week by the office of Dawson County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar Sylvia Ortiz that 983 signatures on the petition had been confirmed as being registered voters in Dawson County, board member Ray Stephens told the Press-Reporter on Friday afternoon.
    Stephens pointed out that only a little over 700 signatures or 10 percent of the registered voters had been required in order for the petition to be validated.
    “They had well over the required number, so the next step is to schedule the election,” Stephens said. “We hope to hold that election as quickly as we can.”


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