More than 350 people filled the Extension Hall at the La Plata County Fairgrounds for public comment on the La Plata Health Services District.
The district, which would cost the owner of a $250,000 home $39 a year, would fund more preventive-care programs, increase mental-health services and work to attract more primary-care providers. (Studies show that La Plata County is 5.6 physicians short of its needs.) Proponents estimate that the tax would raise about $4.2 million annually. The district would be governed by a publicly elected board of directors.
The La Plata County Planning Commission has already unanimously voted to recommend the District ballot question to the La Plata County Commissioners.
County Commissioners are planning to hold a second session for public comment and to vote on the proposed La Plata Health Services District on Jan. 17. If approved a public election would take place on May 2.