Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster will host two public information sessions — on Monday (July 11) in Pateros and next Thursday (July 14) in Twisp — to provide information about two levy proposals that will be on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot.
Monday’s session will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Douglas/Okanogan County Fire District 15 station in Pateros; Thursday’s session will be from 6-7 p.m. at the Education Station on the TwispWorks campus.
Three Rivers CEO Scott Graham will be at both sessions, along with other hospital staffers and members of the nonprofit hospital district’s board of directors.
On the ballot are two requests:
? A levy lid lift from 63 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to 75 cents per $1,000.
? A one-time excess levy of $1 per $1,000 of assessed value.
Three Rivers Hospital — officially called Hospital District 1 — serves a district that bridges Okanogan and Douglas counties and includes communities from Mazama to Mansfield.
Funds from the levies would be used to relocate the hospital’s emergency room, replace its roof, upgrade the HVAC mechanical systems, centralize patient monitoring, replace patient beds, enhance the hospital’s security system, and provide training and education for hospital employees.
Both measures were on the November 2015 ballot and were defeated. After votes from both counties were certified at the end of November, the levy lid lift proposed by the hospital received 49.11 percent in favor and 50.89 percent opposed.
In November the one-time levy received a small majority in favor — 50.75 percent overall — but needed a 60 percent approval rate from voters to pass.
Ballots for the primary election will begin arriving in mid-July.
For more information, call (509) 689-2517, or visit www.threerivershospital.net.