Making the Case for the Hope Creek Care Referendum - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Making the Case for the Hope Creek Care Referendum

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • More Layoffs For Deere & Company

    More Layoffs For Deere & Company

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:13 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:13:51 GMT
    Deere and Company has made another round of layoffs. Director of Global Public Relations, Ken Golden, confirms approximately 190 employees at Moline's Seeding and Cylinder...More >>
    Deere and Company has made another round of layoffs. Director of Global Public Relations, Ken Golden, confirms approximately 190 employees at Moline's Seeding and Cylinder...More >>
  • Man Injured At Heinz In Muscatine

    Man Injured At Heinz In Muscatine

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:28:07 GMT
    We learned that a man injured at the Heinz plant in Muscatine is in stable condition.More >>
    We learned that a man injured at the Heinz plant in Muscatine is in stable condition.More >>
  • Meaning Of Ice Bucket Challenge

    Meaning Of Ice Bucket Challenge

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:23:59 GMT
    Nikki and Craig Leonard both lost their fathers to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Their family is grateful for the viral Ice Bucket Challenge. They see it as a great way of raising awareness of a disease that is often overlooked.More >>
    Nikki and Craig Leonard both lost their fathers to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Their family is grateful for the viral Ice Bucket Challenge. They see it as a great way of raising awareness of a disease that is often overlooked.More >>

A questionable future for the Hope Creek Care Center in Rock Island County. Wednesday night there was another chance for voters to learn more about the referendum on the November ballot that would raise property taxes.

If passed the proposed tax increase is only temporary. It expires after four years. Many think it would buy time to find another means of funding and, while some options have been kicked around, the county is far from figuring it out.

Chris Baker's 88-year old father is a resident at Hope Creek Care Center. He was forced to leave a previous nursing home which didn't accept Medicaid. "We need to continue speaking for those who can no longer speak for themselves. Hope Creek takes care of them," said Baker.

At the town hall meeting members of a group called KISS, or Keep It Supported for Seniors, made their case for the proposed property tax increase. They say it's been 13 years since the county has asked the public for additional support for the nursing home.

Right now Hope Creek loses about $70 per patient daily because of state funding shortfalls which comes close to $10,000 a day. But even others with relatives in the home recognize it's a hard sell for the average taxpayer.

"If she wasn't there I don't know that i'd be as concerned about it right now I probably would vote yes knowing the dollar amounts we're talking about," said Shelli Norris whose mother lives at Hope Creek.

It's about $50 more per year for a home valued $100,000. But even if voters agree to the increase taxes for four years something more has to happen.

"The county will have to have plan B and plan C, something on the back burner whether that's getting a management company, a lease company, a sale," said Trudy Whittington, Administrator for Hope Creek Care Center.

Donald Lind's idea is a lottery ticket to benefit county nursing homes throughout the state. He has contacted legislators and has more than 450 signatures on a petition and hopes this could be the ticket to save the county-run nursing home.

"This is a long term solution and this is working with the community and I understand raising property taxes but to me that's an easy way out," said Lind.

The Hope Creek referendum committee plans to hold one or two public meetings a month on up until the November election.

Powered by WorldNow

805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Telephone: 563.383.7000
Fax: 563.383.7131
Email: news@kwqc.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Davenport, Inc. A Media General Company.