NOTICE OF HEARING REGARDING
IMPOSING AND COLLECTING A NON
AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENT
FROM SPECIFIED HOSPITAL
Notice is hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners of Hernando County, Florida, will conduct a public hearing pursuant to Ordinance No. 2021-16 to consider the approval of the imposition and collection of a non-ad valorem special assessment against each private for-profit and not-for-profit hospital that provides inpatient hospital services and that holds a right of possession and right of use to real property in Hernando County (each, an “Assessed Property”). The list of affected hospitals is included at the conclusion of this notice.
The assessment is intended to finance intergovernmental transfers, provided consistent with federal guidelines, that fund the non-federal share of certain Medicaid and/or Medicaid managed care payments. As a result, the assessment directly and specially benefits Assessed Properties and supports the provision of health care services to Medicaid, indigent, and uninsured members of the County’s community.
The public hearing will be held at the Board of County Commissioners chambers located on the first floor of the Hernando County Government Center at 20 N. Main St. in Brooksville, FL 34601, on September 26, 2023, or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard. At that time, the Board will receive public comment on the proposed special assessment.
The Hernando County office has prepared the Non-Ad Valorem Assessment Roll being considered for approval. The roll contains the names of the Assessed Properties, the assessment rate, and the amount of the special assessment to be imposed against each Assessed Property. The Non-Ad Valorem Assessment Roll is available for inspection at the Hernando County budget office during regular business hours from September 12, 2023 through September 26, 2023. The assessment rate set forth in the Non-Ad Valorem Assessment Roll to be levied against the net patient revenue of each Assessed Property is 0.87%.
At the date and time set forth in this notice, the Board of County Commissioners may: (1) approve the Non-Ad Valorem Assessment Roll, with such amendments as it deems just and right, and (2) adopt a resolution (the “Assessment Resolution”) that describes: (a) the Medicaid payments proposed for funding from proceeds of the assessment, (b) the benefits to the Assessed Properties, (c) the methodology for computing the assessed amounts, and (d) the method of collection, including how and when the assessment is to be paid.
All interested persons have a right to appear at the hearing and to file written objections with the Board prior to the resolution vote. All objections to the Non-Ad Valorem Assessment Roll being considered for approval must be made in writing and filed with the County by September 6, 2023. Written objections should be sent to the attention of the Hernando County office at 15470 Flight Path Drive, Brooksville, FL 34604.
The amount of the assessment is to be collected pursuant an additional and alternative method, as specified in § 197.3631, Fla Stat. Details will be included in the Assessment Resolution.
If you are a person with disability who needs any accommodation to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Jessica Wright, Hernando County Administration, at (352) 754-4002 or, if hearing impaired, at 1-800-676-3777, at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the public hearing if you need special accommodations.
Pursuant to § 286.0105, Fla Stat., if a person decides to appeal any decision of the Board of County Commissioners on any matter considered at the public hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings. For such purpose, a person appealing the decision may need to ensure the creation of a verbatim record, which captures the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based.
Hernando County, FLORIDA
List of Affected Properties:
The special assessment is to be levied against each private for-profit and not-for-profit hospital operating under a Florida hospital license affiliated with the following providers of inpatient hospital services that holds a right of possession and right of use to real property in Hernando County, Florida:
Hospital Name: Bravera Health
Brooksville (and on behalf of Bravera
Health Spring Hill)
Hospital Address: 17240 Cortez Blvd.,
Brooksville, FL 34601
Parcel ID: R30 422 19 0000 0030 0000
Hospital Name: Encompass Health
Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill
Hospital Address: 12440 Cortez Blvd.,
Brooksville, FL 34613
Parcel ID: R32 422 18 0000 0020 0010
Hospital Name: HCA Florida Oak Hill
Hospital Address: 11375 Cortez Blvd.,
Brooksville, FL 34613
Parcel ID: R30 222 18 2807 0010 0000
Hospital Name: Springbrook Hospital
Hospital Address: 7007 Grove Rd.,
Brooksville, FL 34609
Parcel ID: R34 422 18 0000 0040 0000
Published: September 1, 2023