Law:Title 3. Health. Subtitle A. Hospital Districts from Chapter 1044. Hunt Memorial Hospital District (Texas)

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Subtitle A. Hospital Districts

Contents

Chapter 1044. Hunt Memorial Hospital District

Subchapter A. General Provisions

Section 1044.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Board" means the board of directors of the district.

(2)  "Director" means a member of the board.

(3)  "District" means the Hunt Memorial Hospital District.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.002.  Authority For Operation.

The district operates in accordance with Section 9, Article IX, Texas Constitution.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.003.  Political Subdivision.

The district is a political subdivision of this state.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.004.  District Territory.

The boundaries of the district are coextensive with the boundaries of Hunt County.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.005.  Correction Of Invalid Procedures.

If a court holds that any procedure under this chapter violates the constitution of this state or of the United States, the district by resolution may provide an alternative procedure that conforms with the constitution.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.006.  Public Purpose; Tax Exemption.

All property owned by the district:

(1)  shall be held for public purposes; and

(2)  is exempt from taxation of every character.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Subchapter B. District Administration

Section 1044.051.  Board Election; Term.

(a) The board consists of nine directors elected as follows:

(1)  two directors elected from each county commissioners precinct; and

(2)  one director elected from the district at large.

(b)  The two candidates from each county commissioners precinct receiving the highest number of votes from that precinct are elected as directors from that precinct.  The candidate from the district at large receiving the highest number of votes from the district at large is elected as the director from the district at large.

(c)  Directors serve staggered four-year terms.

(d)  The board shall provide for clerks as in county elections.

(e)  The board shall enter an order declaring the results of the election.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.052.  Notice Of Election.

At least 10 days before the date of an election of directors, notice of the election shall be published at least one time in a newspaper of general circulation in the district.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.053.  Ballot Petition.

A person who wants to have the person's name printed on the ballot as a candidate for director must file with the board secretary a petition requesting that action.  The petition must:

(1)  be signed by at least 25 registered voters who reside in the district;

(2)  be filed at least 31 days before the date of the election; and

(3)  specify the county commissioners precinct the candidate wants to represent or specify that the candidate wants to represent the district at large.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.054.  Qualifications For Candidacy.

(a) A person may not be a candidate for director from the district at large unless the person is a qualified voter of the district.

(b)  A person may not be a candidate for director for a county commissioners precinct unless the person is a qualified voter of that precinct.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.055.  Bond; Record Of Bond And Oath Or Affirmation Of Office.

(a) Each director shall execute a good and sufficient bond for $1,000 that is:

(1)  payable to the district; and

(2)  conditioned on the faithful performance of the director's duties.

(b)  Each director's bond and constitutional oath or affirmation of office shall be deposited with the district's depository bank for safekeeping.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.056.  Board Vacancy.

If a vacancy occurs on the board, the majority of the remaining directors shall appoint a director for the unexpired term.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.057.  Officers.

The board shall elect:

(1)  a president and a secretary from among its members; and

(2)  any other officers the board requires.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.058.  Compensation; Expenses.

A director serves without compensation but may be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in the performance of official duties on approval of the expenses by the board.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.059.  Voting Requirement.

A concurrence of a majority of the directors present is sufficient in any matter relating to district business.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.060.  Employees.

The board may employ a general manager, attorneys, bookkeepers, architects, or any other employees or consultants considered necessary for the efficient financing, development, and operation of the district.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.061.  Maintenance Of Records; Public Inspection.

Except as provided by Section 1044.055, all district records, including books, accounts, notices, minutes, and all other matters of the district and the operation of its facilities, shall be:

(1)  maintained at the district office; and

(2)  open to public inspection at the district office at all reasonable hours.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.062.  Seal.

The board may adopt a seal for the district.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Subchapter C. Powers And Duties

Section 1044.101.  District Responsibility.

The district has full responsibility for providing medical and hospital care for the district's needy and indigent residents.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.102.  Restriction On Political Subdivision Taxation.

Hunt County or a political subdivision with boundaries that overlap the district's boundaries may not impose a tax on property in the district for hospital purposes.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.103.  Medical Facilities; Legislative Intent.

It is the intent of the legislature that the people of Hunt County be provided with the best and most modern health care available.  To achieve that intent, the district may provide a medical facility in the city of Commerce and in other areas of Hunt County if the board finds that providing a facility is feasible and in the best interest of district residents.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.104.  Rules.

(a) The board may adopt rules governing the operation of the district, including district facilities.

(b)  On approval by the board, the rules may be published in booklet form at district expense and made available to any taxpayer on request.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.105.  Purchasing And Accounting Procedures.

(a) The board may prescribe the method and manner of making purchases and expenditures by and for the district.

(b)  The board shall prescribe:

(1)  all accounting and control procedures; and

(2)  the method of purchasing necessary supplies, materials, and equipment.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.106.  Eminent Domain.

(a) The district may exercise the power of eminent domain to acquire a fee simple or other interest in any type of property, real, personal, or mixed, located in district territory, if the interest is necessary or convenient for the district to exercise a right, power, privilege, or function conferred on the district by this chapter.

(b)  The district must exercise the power of eminent domain in the manner provided by Chapter 21, Property Code, except the district is not required to deposit in the trial court money or a bond as provided by Section 21.021(a), Property Code.

(c)  In a condemnation proceeding brought by the district, the district is not required to:

(1)  pay in advance or provide a bond or other security for costs in the trial court;

(2)  provide a bond for the issuance of a temporary restraining order or a temporary injunction; or

(3)  provide a bond for costs or a supersedeas bond on an appeal or writ of error.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.107.  Gifts And Endowments.

The board may accept for the district a gift or endowment to be held in trust and administered by the board for the purposes and under the directions, limitations, or other provisions prescribed in writing by the donor that are not inconsistent with the proper management and objectives of the district.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.108.  Payment For Treatment; Procedures.

(a) When a patient who resides in the district is admitted to a district facility, the board shall have an inquiry made into the circumstances of:

(1)  the patient; and

(2)  the patient's relatives who are legally liable for the patient's support.

(b)  If an agent designated by the district to handle the inquiry determines that the patient or those relatives cannot pay all or part of the costs of the care and treatment in the hospital, the amount of the costs that cannot be paid becomes a charge against the district.

(c)  If the board determines that the patient or those relatives are liable to pay for all or part of the costs of the patient's care and treatment, the patient or those relatives shall be ordered to pay to the district's treasurer a specified amount each week for the patient's support.  The amount ordered must be proportionate to the person's financial ability and may not exceed the actual per capita cost of maintenance.

(d)  The district may collect the amount from the patient's estate, or from any relative who is legally liable for the patient's support, in the manner provided by law for the collection of expenses of the last illness of a deceased person.

(e)  If there is a dispute as to the ability to pay, or doubt in the mind of the district's designated agent, the board shall hold a hearing and, after calling witnesses, shall:

(1)  resolve the dispute or doubt; and

(2)  issue an appropriate order.

(f)  Either party to the dispute may appeal the order to the district court.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.109.  Authority To Sue And Be Sued.

As a governmental agency, the district may sue and be sued in its own name in any court of this state.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Subchapter D. General Financial Provisions

Section 1044.151.  Budget.

The board annually shall require a budget to be prepared for the next fiscal year that includes:

(1)  proposed expenditures and disbursements;

(2)  estimated receipts and collections; and

(3)  the amount of taxes required to be imposed for the year.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.152.  Proposed Budget: Notice And Hearing.

(a) The board shall hold a public hearing on the proposed budget.

(b)  Notice of the hearing must be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in Hunt County not later than the 10th day before the date of the hearing.

(c)  Any district taxpayer is entitled to:

(1)  appear at the time and place designated in the notice; and

(2)  be heard regarding any item included in the proposed budget.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.153.  Fiscal Year.

The district operates on a fiscal year that begins on October 1 and ends on September 30.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.154.  Annual Audit.

(a) The board annually shall have an independent audit made of the district's books and records for the fiscal year.

(b)  Not later than December 31 each year, the audit shall be filed:

(1)  with the comptroller; and

(2)  at the district office.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.155.  Depository.

(a) The board by resolution shall designate a bank in Hunt County as the district's depository.  A designated bank serves for five years until a successor is designated.

(b)  All income received by the district shall be deposited with the district depository.

(c)  All district money shall be secured in the manner provided for securing county funds.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Subchapter E. Bonds

Section 1044.201.  General Obligation Bonds.

The board may issue and sell general obligation bonds in the name and on the faith and credit of the district for any purpose relating to:

(1)  the purchase, construction, acquisition, repair, or renovation of buildings or improvements; and

(2)  equipping buildings or improvements for hospital purposes.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.202.  Tax To Pay General Obligation Bonds.

(a) The board shall impose an ad valorem tax at a rate sufficient to create an interest and sinking fund to pay the principal of and interest on general obligation bonds issued by the district under Section 1044.201 as the bonds mature.

(b)  The tax required by this section together with any other ad valorem tax the district imposes may not in any year exceed 75 cents on each $100 valuation of all taxable property in the district.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.203.  General Obligation Bond Election.

(a) The district may issue general obligation bonds only if the bonds are authorized by a majority of the district voters voting in an election held for that purpose.

(b)  The board may order the election on its own motion.

(c)  The order calling the election must specify:

(1)  the date of the election;

(2)  the location of the polling places;

(3)  the presiding election officers;

(4)  the purpose of the bond issuance;

(5)  the amount of the bonds to be authorized;

(6)  the maximum interest rate of the bonds; and

(7)  the maximum maturity of the bonds.

(d)  Notice of a bond election shall be given by publishing a substantial copy of the order calling the election in a newspaper of general circulation in the district once each week for two consecutive weeks before the date of the election.  The first publication must occur at least 14 days before the date of the election.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.204.  Maturity Of General Obligation Bonds.

District general obligation bonds must mature not later than 40 years after the date of issuance.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.205.  Execution Of General Obligation Bonds.

(a) The board president shall execute the general obligation bonds in the district's name.

(b)  The board secretary shall countersign the bonds.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Subchapter F. Taxes

Section 1044.251.  Imposition Of Ad Valorem Tax.

(a) On final approval of the annual budget, the board shall impose a tax on all property in the district subject to district taxation.

(b)  The board shall impose the tax to:

(1)  pay the interest on and create a sinking fund for bonds and other obligations issued or assumed by the district for hospital purposes;

(2)  provide for the operation and maintenance of the district and hospital system;

(3)  make improvements and additions to the hospital system; and

(4)  acquire necessary sites for the hospital system by purchase, lease, or condemnation.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.252.  Tax Rate.

The board may impose the tax at a rate not to exceed 75 cents on each $100 valuation of all taxable property in the district.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1044.253.  Tax Assessor-collector.

The board may:

(1)  appoint a tax assessor-collector for the district; or

(2)  contract with the tax assessor-collector of Hunt County, the City of Greenville, or the Greenville Independent School District for the assessment or collection, or the assessment and collection, of taxes.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 920, Sec. 1.02, eff. April 1, 2009.


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