The phone survey of 306 likely voters was conducted two weeks ago by Harstad Strategic Research Inc. of Boulder and was commissioned by RBC Capital Markets of Denver, which would serve as the bond underwriter for the hospital district.The survey also asked how people might vote on the measure after being told “the property taxes on a home valued at $500,000 would increase by $36 per year — or about $3 a month.”

ASPEN REAL ESTATE – After hearing Friday that at least 56 percent of local voters would support higher taxes in order to borrow $50 million to expand Aspen Valley Hospital, the hospital’s board of directors agreed to put such a bonding question on the November ballot.“I think that the poll results are very favorable to us,” said AVH board member Lee Schumacher. “I think the last election showed we had a tremendous amount of support within the community and I believe that with education we will get that sort of support in this bond election.”In the last mail-in election held in May, 61 percent of voters in the hospital district said “yes” to renewing the hospital mill levy, or property tax rate, for another five years. The hospital’s mill levy generates $3.5 million a year in property tax revenue for the hospital.
By Brent Gardner-Smith, August 21, 2010 Aspen Daily News

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