Sequoia Healthcare District says: "One dollar and twenty-seven cents returned for every tax dollar collected"
Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Nov 15, 2012
The Sequoia Healthcare District collects ~$9,000,000/year in property taxes originally assessed to build, operate and maintain Sequoia Hospital. That hospital is now owned by Dignity Health.
Grand Juries in 2000-2002 suggested that the district could stop collecting taxes on an annual basis, with direct savings to homeowning taxpayers. Is there a better way to return taxes which have lost their purpose? That could have prevented a few foreclosures.
Instead, the District decided to continue collecting those taxes to pursue pseudo-philanthropic activities not intended by voters when they established the district.
The district could still do that. Instead, they have hired a $182,000/year CEO, Web Link a $56,400/year PR person, a program manager to hand out millions of dollars in subsidies to schools with budget crises, another program manager who gives away "life-saving" defibrillator devices and collects anecdotal stories to promote the district. Web Link Their annual budget calls for $60,000/year for directors health insurance, $50,000 for investment fees, $25,000 for legal fees and $25,000 for their "Report to the Community". Web Link
They pay $40,000/year for membership in Redwood City 2020 and the Association of California Healthcare Districts. Junkets to annual meetings add to the waste.
They have donated millions of dollars to support Sequoia Hospital after they sold it.
They spend $1,000,000/year to educate nurses, with less than half of them working in the district.
The Sequoia Healthcare District must be dissolved.