A special meeting of the Cambria Community Healthcare District (CCHD) Board is scheduled for Sunday, October 9, at 3:00 p.m. at the Joslyn Recreation Center (950 Main Street). The meeting is planned to provide an interactive public forum to present facts and answer questions about proposed Bond Measure G-22 on the November election ballot.
Registered voters in Cambria, San Simeon, and the rural areas bounded by Monterey County to the north, Villa Creek Road to the south and the crest of Highway 46 to the east will be asked to cast their vote on Bond Measure G-22 in this fall’s general election. If approved by two-thirds plus one of the voters, it will authorize the CCHD to construct a purpose-built ambulance facility meeting all building codes and standards for an essential services facility. The CCHD’s current facility on Main Street was designed for healthcare offices, not an ambulance facility, and the building has deteriorated beyond its useful life after initially being constructed some 65 years ago.
Construction of a modern facility for the CCHD is intended to assure expensive equipment is properly safeguarded, first responders are securely and comfortably housed during 48-hour shifts, medicines are properly protected while avoiding continued expenditures for repair and maintenance of an aging facility. The facility is designed to last more than 50 years.
Bond Measure G-22 will cost taxpayers about $10 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. For example, if a property is assessed at $400,000, the current tax will increase about $40 per year for the 30- to 32-year expected life of the bond. Passage of Measure G-22 will authorize an $8.5 million bond to defray design, construction, and temporary personnel and equipment relocation costs with an anticipated interest rate of 4 percent and an annual bond service of $560,000.
Over the past four years, the CCHD Board has worked diligently to control spending which is now under control, and the District is experiencing positive cash flow. Measure G-22 provides a long-term capital investment at minimal cost to rate payers.