Vote YES on Wishard. Wishard Hospital is a key Central Indiana life sciences and health care resource. It is one of only two adult Level 1 Trauma centers in Indiana, is our state's busiest emergency department, region's only adult burn center and our state's largest provider of indigent primary care. A new Wishard is desperately needed in our community. Aging facilities are requiring more than $25 million a year in repairs. Soon, repairs will become impossible causing Wishard to close. Renovation is not a viable option. Wishard's 4,000 jobs and the $1.2 billion in economic impact - including $719 million in wages generated by Wishard and HHC activities are important to Marion County's economic health. IDI is pleased to join the bipartisan effort to support a new Wishard. Learn about the Wishard project here and vote YES by Nov. 3.The law be damned. The powers that be are using every available tax dollar and resource to force this referendum down our throats. The government advocates have blatantly lied about what the referendum means, claiming it presents no new taxes. The language of the referendum question doesn't even tell us a new hospital is being proposed, let alone how much money it will cost or where the money will come from to pay for a new hospital. The truth is that approval of the referendum will authorize HHC to levy up to $54 million a year in property tax levies to ensure repayment of general obligation bonds that are being issued to finance construction of a new county hospital. We are facing what could be the largest property tax increase in Marion Co. history.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Taxpayer-Financed IDI Promotes Passage Of Wishard Referendum
The continue use of taxpayer-supported groups to promote passage of the November 3 Wishard referendum is escalating. I've pointed out how the IUPUI Chancellor is using the university's website and e-mail system to promote the approval of the more than $700 million bond issue backed by a property tax levy on Marion Co. property owners. The Health & Hospital Corporation's top officials have been campaigning non-stop for the referendum's passage, although they claim they aren't urging anyone to vote for the referendum, at least on the taxpayer's dime. They've used HHC's e-mail system to encourage workers to support the referendum and work for its passage. Materials promoting the referendum's passage are being distributed at Wishard's facilities. Mayor Greg Ballard used the city-county e-mail system to promote passage of the referendum. And now the taxpayer-financed Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. has sent out a message in its latest e-newsletter promoting passage of the referendum. The statement reads: