Letters to the editor (09/26/13)

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Citizens support LL hospital
Editor:
Having read the article in the Aug. 22 issue about Commissioner Holliday casting a vote designating the mill rate fund to the Belen hospital being an (alleged) illegal vote as he did not reside in his district made me think that if his ineligible vote cannot count it makes the vote two to two.
If, in fact, that vote was ineligible, the distribution of the mill rate fund will have to be revisited and hopefully the commission will reconsider the Los Lunas group.
I do not understand why Commissioner Andersen abandoned her district and voted in direct contradiction to the wishes of her constituents.
When residents come to our council meeting from Belen to support the hospital here, it tells me something about the views of the local citizens.
The hospital in Los Lunas will, with the funds, be able to support ancillary facilities throughout the county as the hospital in Belen will not be able to add any extra facilities outside of the hospital.
The hospital here will be built with private funds and will not require additional taxpayer monies to operate.
One final note: I remember what happened to the last hospital in Belen when the public was asked for additional funding via a mill-rate increase. The taxpayers turned a rate increase down and the hospital folded and shut down.

James Taylor
Los Lunas