Hickey, was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2002 on a platform pursuing a Grand Jury recommendation that the District, which sold Sequoia Hospital in 1996, should cease collection of property taxes until voters approve their newly assumed purpose.
With $14,000,000 in property tax revenue for FY2017, SHD’s website claims they are “Committed to returning to the community 100% of property tax revenue in health-related programs and services” . That claim is false unless you redefine “community” to include areas outside the District, such as Palm Springs, all of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, etc. where 10’s of millions in District benefits have leaked.
With majority control of the Board, Hickey, Harrison and Garcia will be able to reduce collection of taxes, on an annual basis, until voter approval of the district’s re-purposing occurs. That reduction will be reflected in the bottom line on property tax bills.
Hickey expects that ultimately, San Mateo County’s 2 Healthcare Districts will either;
1. be dissolved with their share of the 1% General taxes being distributed among the other agencies (schools, fire districts, county, etc. in their Tax Rate Area (TRA), or;
2. be expanded countywide without raising taxes.