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Subtitle A. Hospital Districts

Contents

Chapter 1078. Houston County Hospital District

Subchapter A. General Provisions

Section 1078.001.  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 Houston County Hospital District.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.002.  Authority For Operation.

The Houston County Hospital District operates and is financed as provided by Section 9, Article IX, Texas Constitution, and by this chapter.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.003.  Essential Public Function.

The district is a public entity performing an essential public function.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.004.  District Territory.

The boundaries of the district are coextensive with the boundaries of Houston County, Texas, except that portion of Houston County within the boundaries of the Grapeland Hospital District of Houston County, Texas, as those boundaries existed on August 26, 1985, is not included in the district.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.005.  District Support And Maintenance Not State Obligation.

The state may not become obligated for the support or maintenance of the district.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.006.  Restriction On State Financial Assistance.

The legislature may not make a direct appropriation for the construction, maintenance, or improvement of a district facility.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Subchapter B. District Administration

Section 1078.051.  Board Election; Term.

(a) The district is governed by a board of nine directors elected by place.

(b)  Directors serve staggered two-year terms unless four-year terms are established under Section 285.081, Health and Safety Code.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.052.  Notice Of Election.

At least 35 days before the date of an election of directors, notice of the election shall be published one time in a newspaper with general circulation in the district.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.053.  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 100 registered voters of the district as determined by the most recent official list of registered voters;

(2)  be filed not later than the 31st day before the date of the election; and

(3)  specify the place for which the person is to be a candidate.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.054.  Qualifications For Office.

(a) To be eligible to be a candidate for or to serve as a director, a person must be:

(1)  a resident of the district; and

(2)  a qualified voter.

(b)  A district employee may not serve as a director.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.055.  Bond; Record Of Bond.

(a) Before assuming the duties of office, each director must execute a bond for $5,000 that is:

(1)  payable to the district; and

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

(b)  The board may pay for a director's bond with district money.

(c)  The bond shall be kept in the permanent records of the district.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.056.  Board Vacancy.

If a vacancy occurs in the office of director, the remaining directors shall appoint a director for the unexpired term.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.057.  Officers.

(a) The board shall elect a president and a vice president from among its members.

(b)  The board shall appoint a secretary, who need not be a director.

(c)  Each officer of the board serves for a term of one year.

(d)  The board shall fill a vacancy in a board office for the unexpired term.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.058.  Compensation; Expenses.

A director or officer serves without compensation but may be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in the performance of official duties.  The expenses must be:

(1)  reported in the district's records; and

(2)  approved by the board.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.059.  Voting Requirement.

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

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.060.  District Administrator.

(a) The board may appoint a qualified person as district administrator.

(b)  The district administrator serves at the will of the board and is entitled to the compensation determined by the board.

(c)  Before assuming the duties of district administrator, the administrator must execute a bond in the amount set by the board of not less than $5,000 that is:

(1)  payable to the district; and

(2)  conditioned on the faithful performance of the administrator's duties under this chapter.

(d)  The board may pay for the bond with district money.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.061.  General Duties Of District Administrator.

Subject to the limitations prescribed by the board, the district administrator shall:

(1)  supervise the work and activities of the district; and

(2)  direct the general affairs of the district.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.062.  Assistant District Administrator; Attorney.

(a) The board may appoint qualified persons as:

(1)  the assistant district administrator; and

(2)  the attorney for the district.

(b)  The assistant district administrator and the attorney for the district serve at the will of the board and are entitled to the compensation determined by the board.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.063.  Appointments And Recruitment Of Staff And Employees.

(a) The board may appoint to the staff any doctors the board considers necessary for the efficient operation of the district and may make temporary appointments as necessary.

(b)  The district may employ technicians, nurses, fiscal agents, accountants, architects, additional attorneys, and other necessary employees.

(c)  The board may delegate to the district administrator the authority to employ persons for the district.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.064.  Retirement Benefits.

The board may provide retirement benefits for district employees by:

(1)  establishing or administering a retirement program; or

(2)  participating in:

(A)  the Texas County and District Retirement System; or

(B)  another statewide retirement system in which the district is eligible to participate.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Subchapter C. Powers And Duties

Section 1078.101.  District Responsibility.

The district has full responsibility for:

(1)  operating hospital facilities; and

(2)  providing medical and hospital care for the district's needy inhabitants.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.102.  Restriction On Houston County Taxation And Debt.

Houston County may not impose a tax or issue bonds or other obligations for hospital purposes or to provide medical care for district residents.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.103.  Management, Control, And Administration.

The board shall manage, control, and administer the hospital system and the district's money and resources.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.104.  Rules.

The board may adopt rules governing:

(1)  the operation of the hospital and hospital system; and

(2)  the duties, functions, and responsibilities of the district staff and employees.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.105.  Purchasing And Accounting Procedures.

The board may prescribe:

(1)  the method of making purchases and expenditures by and for the district; and

(2)  accounting and control procedures for the district.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.106.  Mobile Emergency Medical Service.

The district may operate or provide for the operation of a mobile emergency medical service.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.107.  District Property, Facilities, And Equipment.

(a) The board shall determine:

(1)  the type, number, and location of buildings required to maintain an adequate hospital system; and

(2)  the type of equipment necessary for hospital care.

(b)  The board may:

(1)  acquire property, including facilities and equipment, for the district for use in the hospital system; and

(2)  mortgage or pledge the property as security for the payment of the purchase price.

(c)  The board may lease hospital facilities from others for the district.

(d)  The board may sell or otherwise dispose of property, including facilities or equipment, for the district.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.108.  Eminent Domain.

(a) The district may exercise the power of eminent domain to acquire a fee simple or other interest in property located in district territory if the property interest is necessary to exercise a right or authority conferred 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 money in the trial court or execute a bond as provided by Section 21.021(a)(2) or (3), 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 petition for review.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.109.  Cost Of Relocating Or Altering Property.

In exercising the power of eminent domain, if the board requires relocating, raising, lowering, rerouting, changing the grade of, or altering the construction of any railroad, highway, pipeline, or electric transmission, telegraph, or telephone line, conduit, pole, or facility, the district must bear the actual cost of relocating, raising, lowering, rerouting, changing the grade, or altering the construction to provide comparable replacement without enhancement of facilities, after deducting the net salvage value derived from the old facility.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.110.  Gifts And Endowments.

The board may accept for the district a gift or endowment to be held in trust for any purpose and under any direction, limitation, or other provision prescribed in writing by the donor that is consistent with the proper management of the district.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.111.  Lease Of District Property.

(a) The board may lease all or part of the district's property, including facilities or equipment, to any person on terms the board considers to be in the district's best interest.  The lease period may not exceed 40 years.

(b)  When leasing the property the board may delegate as it considers appropriate the board's power to manage or operate the leased property to furnish hospital care.

(c)  For each leased property the board shall provide that the lessee charge rates for services rendered or goods provided at the leased premises that, together with other sources of the lessee's revenue, produce an amount sufficient to enable the lessee to pay the expenses of operating and maintaining the leased premises required of the lessee under the lease.  The lease must also require the lessee to pay lease rentals to the district that will be sufficient when taken with any other sources of the district's estimated revenue that are pledged for the same purposes to:

(1)  pay the interest on any revenue or special obligation bonds that are payable wholly or partly from the lease rentals;

(2)  create and maintain a sinking fund to pay the principal of, interest on, and premium, if any, on the bonds as they become due;

(3)  create and maintain a bond reserve fund and other fund as provided for in the bond resolution or trust indenture authorizing the issuance of the bonds; and

(4)  pay all other charges, fees, costs, and expenses that the lessee is required to pay under the resolution or indenture.

(d)  The lease, management agreement, bond resolution, or trust indenture may prescribe systems, methods, routines, procedures, and policies for the operation of the buildings and other facilities owned by the district.  If all or part of the district's buildings or other facilities are leased, the district may delegate to the lessee the duty to establish the systems, methods, routines, procedures, and policies for the operation of the leased premises.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.112.  Construction Contracts.

(a) The board may enter into construction contracts for the district.

(b)  The board may enter into a construction contract that involves the expenditure of more than the amount provided by Section 271.024, Local Government Code, only after competitive bidding as provided by Subchapter B, Chapter 271, Local Government Code.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.113.  Operating And Management Contracts.

The district, through its board, may:

(1)  enter into an operating or management contract with any person relating to all or any part of its hospital facility;

(2)  delegate to the person the power to manage and operate all or part of the hospital facilities or hospital system; and

(3)  employ and discharge employees or appoint and remove doctors from the staff.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.114.  Contracts For Care.

The board may contract with any lessee of the district's hospital facilities or any other person to provide hospital care to needy district inhabitants for payments and under terms that the board considers to be in the district's best interests.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.115.  Contracts With Governmental Entities For Services.

The board may contract with a political subdivision of the state or with a state or federal agency for the district or for any lessee of the district's hospital facilities to:

(1)  furnish a mobile emergency medical service; or

(2)  provide for the investigatory or welfare needs of district inhabitants.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.116.  Payment For Treatment; Procedures.

(a) When a person who resides in the district is admitted as a patient to a district facility, the district administrator or a person designated by the board may have an inquiry made into the financial circumstances of:

(1)  the patient; and

(2)  a relative of the patient who is legally responsible for the patient's support.

(b)  To the extent that a patient or a relative of the patient legally responsible for the patient's support cannot pay for care and treatment provided by the district, the district shall supply the care and treatment without charging the patient or the patient's relative.

(c)  On determining that the patient or a relative legally responsible for the patient's support can pay for all or any part of the care and treatment provided by the district, the district administrator or the person designated by the board shall report that determination to the board, and the board shall issue an order directing the patient or the relative to pay the district a specified amount each week.  The amount must be based on the person's ability to pay.

(d)  The district administrator or the person designated by the board may collect the amount owed to the district from the patient's estate or from that of a relative legally responsible for the patient's support in the manner provided by law for collection of expenses in the last illness of a deceased person.

(e)  If there is a dispute relating to a person's ability to pay or if the district administrator or the person designated by the board has any doubt concerning a person's ability to pay, the board shall:

(1)  call witnesses;

(2)  hear and resolve the question; and

(3)  issue a final order.

(f)  The final order of the board may be appealed to a district court in Houston County.  The substantial evidence rule applies to the appeal.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.117.  Reimbursement For Service.

(a) The board shall require a county or municipality located outside the district to reimburse the district for the district's care and treatment of a sick or injured person of that county or municipality.

(b)  The board shall require the sheriff of Houston County to reimburse the district for the district's care and treatment of a person who is confined in a jail facility of Houston County and is not a district resident.

(c)  On behalf of the district, the board may contract with the state or federal government for that government to reimburse the district for treatment of a sick or injured person.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.118.  Authority To Sue And Be Sued.

The board may sue and be sued on behalf of the district.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Subchapter D. General Finance Provisions

Section 1078.151.  Budget.

(a) The district administrator shall prepare a proposed annual budget for the district.

(b)  The proposed budget must contain a complete financial statement, including a statement of:

(1)  the outstanding obligations of the district;

(2)  the amount of cash on hand in each district fund;

(3)  the amount of money received by the district from all sources during the previous year;

(4)  the amount of money available to the district from all sources during the ensuing year;

(5)  the amount of the balances expected at the end of the year in which the budget is being prepared;

(6)  the estimated amount of revenue and balances available to cover the proposed budget; and

(7)  the estimated tax rate required.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.152.  Notice; Hearing; Adoption Of Budget.

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

(b)  The board shall publish notice of the hearing in a newspaper with general circulation in the district not later than the 10th day before the date of the hearing.

(c)  Any district resident is entitled to be present and participate at the hearing.

(d)  At the conclusion of the hearing, the board shall adopt a budget by acting on the budget proposed by the district administrator.  The board may make any changes in the proposed budget that the board determines to be in the interests of the taxpayers.

(e)  The budget is effective only after adoption by the board.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.153.  Amendments To Budget.

After the annual budget is adopted, the budget may be amended on the board's approval.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.154.  Restriction On Expenditures.

Money may be spent only for an expense included in the budget or an amendment to the budget.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.155.  Fiscal Year.

(a) The district operates according to a fiscal year established by the board.

(b)  The fiscal year may not be changed:

(1)  during a period that revenue bonds of the district are outstanding; or

(2)  more than once in a 24-month period.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.156.  Annual Audit.

The board annually shall have an audit made of the district's financial condition.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.157.  Inspection Of Annual Audit And District Records.

The annual audit and other district records shall be open to inspection during regular business hours at the district's principal office.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.158.  Financial Report.

As soon as practicable after the close of the fiscal year, the district administrator shall prepare for the board:

(1)  a sworn statement of the amount of district money; and

(2)  an account of the disbursements of that money.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.159.  Depository.

(a) The board shall select at least one bank to serve as a depository for district money.

(b)  District money, other than money invested as provided by Section 1078.160(b) and money transmitted to a bank for payment of bonds or obligations issued or assumed by the district, shall be deposited as received with the depository bank and shall remain on deposit.  This subsection does not limit the power of the board to place a part of district money on time deposit or to purchase certificates of deposit.

(c)  The district may not deposit money with a bank in an amount that exceeds the maximum amount secured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation unless the bank first executes a bond or other security in an amount sufficient to secure from loss the district money that exceeds the amount secured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.160.  Spending And Investment Restrictions. (a) Except As Prov

ided by this section and Sections 1078.112, 1078.201, 1078.204, and 1078.205, the district may not incur a debt payable from district revenue other than the revenue on hand or to be on hand in the current and immediately following district fiscal years.

(b)  The board may invest operating, depreciation, or building reserves only in funds or securities specified by Chapter 2256, Government Code.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Subchapter E. Bonds

Section 1078.201.  General Obligation Bonds.

If authorized by an election, the board may issue and sell general obligation bonds in the name and on the faith and credit of the district to:

(1)  purchase, construct, acquire, repair, or renovate buildings or improvements;

(2)  equip buildings or improvements for hospital purposes; or

(3)  acquire and operate a mobile emergency medical service.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.202.  Tax To Pay General Obligation Bonds.

(a) At the time general obligation bonds are issued by the district under Section 1078.201, 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 the bonds 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 the limit approved by the voters at the election authorizing the imposition of a tax.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.203.  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.

(b)  The board may order a bond election.

(c)  The order calling the election must specify:

(1)  the nature and date of the election;

(2)  the hours during which the polls will be open;

(3)  the location of the polling places;

(4)  the amount of the bonds to be authorized; and

(5)  the maximum maturity of the bonds.

(d)  Notice of a bond election shall be given as provided by Section 1251.003, Government Code.

(e)  The board shall declare the results of the election.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.204.  Revenue Bonds.

(a) The board may issue revenue bonds to:

(1)  purchase, construct, acquire, repair, renovate, or equip buildings or improvements for hospital purposes;

(2)  acquire sites to be used for hospital purposes; or

(3)  acquire and operate a mobile emergency medical service to assist the district in carrying out its hospital purposes.

(b)  The bonds must be payable from and secured by a pledge of all or part of the revenue derived from the operation of the district's hospital system.

(c)  The bonds may be additionally secured by a mortgage or deed of trust lien on all or part of district property.

(d)  The bonds must be issued in the manner provided by Sections 264.042, 264.043, 264.046, 264.047, 264.048, and 264.049, Health and Safety Code, for issuance of revenue bonds by a county hospital authority.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.205.  Refunding Bonds.

(a) The board may issue refunding bonds to refund outstanding indebtedness issued or assumed by the district.

(b)  A refunding bond may be:

(1)  sold, with the proceeds of the refunding bond applied to the payment of the outstanding indebtedness; or

(2)  exchanged wholly or partly for not less than a similar principal amount of outstanding indebtedness.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.206.  Maturity Of Bonds.

District bonds must mature not later than 50 years after the date of issuance.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.207.  Execution Of Bonds.

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

(b)  The board secretary shall countersign the bonds in the manner provided by Chapter 618, Government Code.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.208.  Bonds Exempt From Taxation.

The following are exempt from taxation by this state or a political subdivision of this state:

(1)  bonds issued by the district;

(2)  any transaction relating to the bonds; and

(3)  profits made in the sale of the bonds.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Subchapter F. Ad Valorem Tax

Section 1078.251.  Imposition Of Ad Valorem Tax.

(a) The board may impose a tax on all property in the district subject to district taxation.

(b)  The tax shall be imposed for and may be pledged to:

(1)  meet the requirements of district bonds and the indebtedness assumed by the district;

(2)  provide for the district's maintenance and operating expenses, including the cost or contract payments for hospital care for needy district inhabitants; and

(3)  make improvements and additions to the district's hospital facilities or hospital system and acquire necessary sites for those improvements and additions by gift, purchase, lease, or condemnation.

(c)  The district may not impose a tax to pay the principal of or interest on revenue bonds issued under this chapter.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.252.  Tax Rate.

(a) The board may impose the tax at a rate not to exceed the limit approved by the voters at the election authorizing the imposition of the tax.

(b)  The tax rate for all purposes may not exceed 75 cents on each $100 valuation of all taxable property in the district.

(c)  In setting the tax rate, the board shall consider the income of the district from sources other than taxation.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.



Section 1078.253.  Tax Assessor-collector.

The board may provide for the appointment of a tax assessor-collector for the district or may contract for the assessment and collection of taxes as provided by the Tax Code.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1139, Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2011.


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