On the November 6th, 2018 ballot:
WHITE RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT Option Tax Levy for Deschutes Rim Clinic
YOUR 1 vote DOES count!
Deschutes Rim Clinic is overseen by White River Health District Board of Directors. We have a permanent tax base of $0.25/$1000.00 of assessed value, set in 2005, which is not sufficient for general clinic operations and cannot, by law, be changed. This tax rate is one of the lowest in the State for any health district.
The last local option tax expired in 2018. We placed it on the May and November 2018 ballots, but due to inadequate advertising and staffing issues it did not pass, and we were forced to cut staff and hours.
We have rebuilt our staff with more experienced staff and have continued to operate with clinic hours three days a week. We would like to reopen five days a week but need additional providers to do so.
The District has had a Local Option Tax since 2009 to help pay for staff and operational expenses. These costs have all gone up in the last ten (10) years without similar increases in revenue.
White River Health District will be back on the May 2019 ballot at the original amount of $0.50/$1000. It will be used for general operations and allow the Deschutes Rim Health Clinic to hire other provider(s) and increase hours of operation.
This tax is less than the cost of 1 pack of cigarettes a day ($6 each = $1,950 a year), or 1 can of coke/pepsi a day ($1.00 each = $365.00 a year).
The Deschutes Rim Health Clinic is a rural community health care organization located in Maupin, Oregon. The clinic’s service area is within a federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), meaning it has an “acute shortage of health care providers” and also is a federally-designated Medically Underserved Area (MUA), meaning it lacks the resources “to meet the medical needs of the resident population.”
The goals of the clinic are to provide quality primary health care services to the community, to provide health education that is oriented toward health maintenance and prevention and to offer specialty services to an isolated community.
It is the philosophy of the Deschutes Rim Health Clinic to provide the rural communities of South Wasco County with high quality medical care for our friends, neighbors, and visitors.
Notice to Patients
Deschutes Rim Clinic serves ALL patients regardless of inability to pay. Discounts for essential services are offered depending upon family size and income. You may apply for a discount at the front desk.
Aviso para Pacientes
Deschutes Rim Clinica ofrecen servicios de atencion medica primaria y preventive, sin considerar la capacidad de los pacientes para pagar. Los cargos generados por servicios de salud son calculados de acuerdo al nivel de ingreso del paciente. Pacientes pueden aplicar para servicios medicos con la recepcionista en la clinica.
We will provide recognized, optimal resources for comprehensive healthcare in South Wasco County.
What We Value:
- Health and Well-being
- Non-profit status