El Paso Property Taxes Increase to Help Fund UMC
POSTED: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 3:57pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 11:40pm
EL PASO- El Paso county leaders voted to raise taxes today to help the University Medical Center deal with decreased state funding.
The state cut about $22 million in funding and UMC is looking for ways to make up the money. This means homeowners will now pay about $1 a month more in taxes. County Commissioner Dan Haggerty says although he's only voted to increase taxes once as county commissioner, this measure was necessary.
"Never voted for a tax increase at the hospital because of their reserves and we discussed those issues also but i really think this year they are really in trouble and hopefully were going to straighten it around and we'll get a handle back on it," says Haggerty.
Haggerty also warns that things could get worse next year and that the county is doing what it can to keep taxes down.