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Rock Island Co. Proposes Tax Increase For Hope Creek Care Center

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The Rock Island County Board just decided to put the issue of raising taxes to support the Hope Creek nursing home on the November ballot.

If passed in November, this referendum would raise current property taxes in rock island county from 0.1% to a maximum of 0.25%

The tax increase would raise about $3.5 million in revenue over the 4 years it would last. That means the cost for the average tax payer with a $100,000 home would cost them about $50 per year in additional taxes or about 13 cents per day.

Those at Hope Creek said it's a small cost to ensure the care of their current residents and those who may need the help in the future. 

"It might seem like a lot but how do you put a price tag on mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, even your own health," said administrator of Hope Creek Care Center Trudy Whittington.

She said her biggest fear is that come November, voters will only care about what it will cost them and not how it will help the people behind it all. 

"How do you say that a loved one or an elderly person isn't worth 13 cents a day," said Whittington.

County officials said Hope Creek cares for a large population of medicaid patients, costing them thousands of dollars per month.

"The state's part of the problem, they have their financial problems too as everybody knows," said Rock Island County Board member Don Johnston. "When they're late, everything we're doing is late and everything rolls downhill."

Johnston said they can't rely on payments from the state of Illinois anymore and now they're relying on tax payers to help hope creek cover basic operational needs. 

"This extra revenue is hopefully a temporary fix where we can have better grasp of our management at Hope Creek and do a better job at projecting our figures and using our resources better," said Johnston.

Whittington said they've been cutting expenses for over a year now by re-bidding vendors for services and supplies to get lower costs. 

"We're bringing in a new therapy company, we're going to be diversifying some of our services that can increase or bring in additional revenue sources that we've not had before," said Whittington.

Hope Creek residents said they hope voters will look past the cost of the tax increase.

"Oh yeah, it definitely is a place I depend on and so I just hope everybody will come out in numbers and support us," said Hope Creek resident Linda Schmidt.

Despite the outcome of the vote, county leaders said residents should not worry about getting kicked out and reassures them they'll have a place to stay.

Hope Creek officials said they care for 245 residents and they're at about 93% capacity. 


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