How Community Funding Keeps Us Going
Presbyterian is grateful for Sandoval County residents’ recognition that quality healthcare close to home is important. The mill levy that Sandoval County residents approved in 2008 for local hospitals supports services at all Sandoval County hospitals, including Presbyterian Rust Medical Center, the first hospital in the county. We partner with an advisory committee of local community members to prioritize healthcare needs and ensure that mill levy funds are used to benefit residents from throughout the county.
What's a Mill Levy?
A mill levy is a tax collected from property owners. If you own property, it is assessed a value. The taxable value is one-third of the assessed value. One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value.
Is the hospital mill levy a new tax?
No. The hospital mill levy was first approved by voters in 2008 to help pay for health services at Presbyterian Rust Medical Center and UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center. If the mill levy renewal is approved, it will NOT add any new tax. The mill levy must be renewed by voters every eight years.
Is this an increase in the tax rate?
No. The mill rate, 4.25, has been the same rate since 2008. The owner of a $100,000 home pays about $141 a year ($11.75 a month) for the hospital mill levy.
The Mill Levy Has Helped Keep Sandoval County Residents Healthy
Under Sandoval County Commission-approved criteria for use of mill levy funds, Presbyterian Rust Medical Center has:
- Recruited sub-specialty physicians in neonatology, pediatrics, pulmonary, interventional cardiology, orthopedic surgery and general surgery
- Extended cardiovascular lab hours to Monday through Friday
- Continued to provide specialized healthcare for some of New Mexico’s youngest residents in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). More than 1,000 babies and their parents have been cared for in the NICU since our 2011 opening.
Improving the Economy of Sandoval County
Presbyterian’s impact in Sandoval County goes beyond healthcare.
- Presbyterian employs more than 700 people at Rust Medical Center and more than 930 throughout the county (including nearly 800 full-time equivalent employees).
- Presbyterian paid $12.5 million in gross receipts taxes and impact fees related to the construction of Rust Medical Center and the new medical clinic on NM 528 near Bernalillo.
- In 2015, Presbyterian generated nearly $80 million in payroll in Sandoval County and paid $733,000 in property taxes.
- Presbyterian Rust Medical Center is the anchor for the Unser Gateway and has been the catalyst for new development in the area.
Investing in Sandoval County
Presbyterian Healthcare Services:
- Is a not-for-profit healthcare organization that invests any money it makes each year in the communities it serves.
- Invested more than $190 million to build Presbyterian Rust Medical Center, making it the largest project in its history at that time. Mill levy funds were not used for construction of the hospital or the $89 million second tower.
- Provided almost $4.6 million in free medical care and $5 million in uncompensated care in 2015 in Sandoval County.
On Election Day or When Voting Early
Please SUPPORT quality healthcare services close to home by voting FOR renewing the mill levy.
Renewal of the hospital mill levy will allow Presbyterian Rust Medical Center to continue to provide a wide range of essential healthcare services in Sandoval County. Without mill levy funding, it will be difficult to grow the services currently available.
Maintaining the mill levy will NOT increase taxes for Sandoval County residents.
Key Election Dates
- Absentee voting begins – October 11
- Early in-person voting – October 22 through November 5
- Election day – November 8