Tulare Local Health District Receives COVID-19 Tax Relief Funding

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The local health district of Tulare has received $ 6,019,380 in COVID-19 tax relief funding from the California Special District Association, which it plans to apply to the tower construction project currently under completion. Funding is made available from a $ 100 million allocation provided by the state legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom in the 2021-2022 state budget.

“This injection of funds is a godsend, as we have not received any significant relief funds so far as we have worked hard to maintain all services and move our tower project and our space construction projects forward. additional medical care, ”said Kevin Northcraft. , chairman of the district administration board. “We greatly appreciate the support and will ensure it meets the needs of residents in our neighborhood. “

The health district strives to provide safe, efficient and technologically advanced healthcare to the diverse region of Tulare City and surrounding communities in southwest Tulare County. The district owns the Tulare Regional Medical Center which is currently leased to Adventist Health. This partnership helps the public agency deliver the highest quality healthcare, using cutting-edge technology and best practices to prioritize patient care.

This funding comes after Special Districts in California experienced budget and staff cuts made necessary by the COVID pandemic. Throughout 2020 and 2021, California Special Districts provided essential services to their local communities, maintained much of the state’s critical infrastructure, and employed thousands of frontline workers, but initially did not receive none of the COVID relief funds available for cities and counties.

“Special Districts are tackling our biggest challenges statewide, all locally,” said Neil McCormick, CEO of the California Special Districts Association (CSDA). We commend Governor Newsom and our legislature for recognizing this and responding to our partnership requests. Special Districts are making a difference across California and this funding will make a difference in the communities served by Special Districts. “

Statewide, more than 2,000 independent special districts serve the needs of 40 million Californians at some level, and more than 60% of these local agencies provide specialized services to an underprivileged community.

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