Re: Impact of ObamaCare on County budget and special levies
To: Three County Commissioners, Chairman and Members of Tax Levy ReviewCommittee, Hamilton County Sheriff
As you are aware, COAST is the leading government accountabilityorganization in Southwest Ohio. Specifically and consistently we have advocatedon matters of the County budget and the County special property tax levies in anattempt to relieve, if even modestly, the oppressive burden on the beleagueredtaxpayers of Hamilton County.
We are writing to encourage you to scour every nook and cranny of theCounty budget, and especially the special levies, for savings arising from theimplementation of ObamaCare. We are convinced that there are tens of millions ofdollars savings annually available to Hamilton County taxpayers if you simplyseize this opportunity.
Although we see ObamaCare as one of the most devastating programs in ournation's history for the healthcare system, individual liberty and our nation'seconomy, it has the direct and undisputable effect of funding many of theprograms that we presently fund through special levies in Hamilton County, andperhaps additional programs through the County's general fund. Thus, if youcontinue funding the same programs with local dolalrs, it is a windfall ofunprecedented proportions for local agencies. As a result, it an imperative ofyour office, from COAST's perspective, that we immediately relieve HamiltonCounty taxpayers of the burdens of property taxation that ObamaCare willprovide.Because we have ZERO confidence that the funded agencies will voluntarilycome forward and admit they do not need funding for programs funded by ObamaCare,it is critical that the Commissioners and the Tax Levy Review Committee workdiligently to ferret out each dime of savings ObamaCare will provide. We expectthese include the following:
* Complete elimination of the indigent care levy. Because ObamaCarewholly funds what was previously "uncompensated care" and because the indigentcare levy was to fund the gap of "uncompensated care," there is no need for thelevy at all anymore.