Pullman voters will be asked to approve levy in February

Pullman voters will be asked to approve levy in February »Play Video
Property taxes would increase by about .37 per $1,000 of assessed value.
PULLMAN, WA - Pullman Regional Hospital will ask citizens to approve a maintenance and operations levy in February that will increase the hospital's revenue by about a half-million dollars a year.

Pullman Regional Hospital CEO Scott Adams said the hospital's board is pursuing the levy because funding from the government and insurance companies is declining. Adams said the levy will allow the hospital to move forward while maintaining and upgrading its equipment.

"A levy proposal was another way that we felt we could bring in a partnership with the community to help us have more local influence over our health care, more local control over the direction we want it to go," said Adams.

Pullman Regional is able to put a levy on the ballot because it's a not-for-profit public hospital district. The levy would increase property taxes by about .37 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Election day is February 11th, and if the levy is approved it would take effect in 2015.