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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Ocala, FL - March 14, 2012

Published in the Ocala Star-Banner Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 6:30 a.m.

Other people’s money

Regarding the Sunday, March 11, editorial, “Keeping our Cadillac”, and the article by staff writer Fred Hiers, “Will privatization plan hurt Munroe’s quality?”, I agree we should use a sales tax to provide funds for Munroe Regional Medical Center for the next five years or so.

The No. 1 reason: OPM, or Other People’s Money.

A sales tax would have people from outside Ocala/Marion help fund our hospital needs — the snowbirds; people in town for HITS and other horse venues, people passing through on I-75, people from outside our county who come here to shop and dine, etc.

I have been told that we get 30 percent of our sales tax revenues from people who live outside Ocala/Marion County. That means we would get 30 percent of our hospital tax money for free, i.e., from others.

OPM should be explained to readers in every article and editorial and public service announcement about Munroe’s need for funds. This is the best way to keep our hospital going in the short term — and maybe long term, by the way.

Here is to OPM and a continued great hospital.

Steve Ehrhart