El Paso Property Taxes Increase to Help Fund UMC

POSTED: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 4:57pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 12:40am

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.

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