Parkland Budget to Save Homeowners $4

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010  |  Updated 4:30 PM CDT
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Parkland Budget to Save Homeowners $4

Parkland Memorial Hospital is the county hospital for Dallas.

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Dallas County homeowners may get a very small break on their property taxes thanks to a smaller budget at Parkland Hospital.

If the budget for 2011 is approved, homeowners in Dallas County would see their property tax drop by an average of $4.26 -- based on the average price of a home in Dallas County.

The Dallas Morning News reports Parkland's board insists that taxpayers deserve the reduction, but some Dallas County Commissioners think the hospital should keep the taxes coming in as they are since hospitals may lose some federal funding when the new Affordable Health Care for America Act goes into effect this fall.

The lower rate would probably continue through 2012, the paper reported, although an increase to 27.5 cents would be necessary by 2014 when the new public hospital would be completed.

With the average savings being only $4, we're wondering who would even notice the drop on their taxes and if the hospital shouldn't just follow the advice of the commissioners and keep the taxes as they are.


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