For over two decades, Sarasota Memorial Hospital has been given authority to tax Sarasota residents’ property. The tax originally was intended to support indigent and charity care provided by hospitals in the county. Now, however, tax revenues are seemingly available to the hospital “for any lawful purpose.”
The “any lawful purpose” standard is clearly driving the 1,200 percent increase in tax collections over the past 15 years! Yes, a 1,200 percent increase — from less than $5 million to almost $59 million a year. At this rate of increase in taxes, one would hope that hospital officials would want to keep taxpayers apprised of how and where their money is being spent.
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