A particular phrase stands out after a recent vote regarding St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange: “no new taxes”.
With nearly half of all registered voters in Fayette County participating, 5,597 voted against the creation of a hospital taxing district, over 80 percent of voters. Only 1,360 supported the measure.
For several weeks, signs reading “Save St. Marks” or “No New Taxes” were stationed in yards across the county. Several groups also declared their support or opposition of the taxing district, with heated discussions between members of Save St. Mark’s and Concerned Taxpayers of Fayette County.
According to St. Mark’s Foundation President Michael Corker, if St. Mark’s were to close, it would be the 22nd rural hospital in Texas to close over the past six years. Hospital officials say there are no immediate plans for the hospital to close.