Three other candidates, led by incumbent and Libertarian Jack Hickey, advocate doing away with the district, which would be a tragedy for the thousands of county residents who are served by nonprofits that receive funding from the district. Mr. Hickey's idea to shut down the district and return money to the taxpayers is bogus — by law the money will continue to be collected but distributed to the remaining special districts.
While years ago funds generated by the district tax were used to defray hospital costs, the income has long been diverted to nonprofit agencies around the county, like the Ravenswood Clinic in East Palo Alto and the Fair Oaks Medical Clinic. The $7 million a year generated by the hospital tax is being spent wisely now, and should continue. Vote for three of the following four candidates: Art Faro, Ruth West-Gorrin, Dr. Jerry Shefren or Alpio Barbara, for the health-care district board.