NOTICE OF HEARING REGARDING IMPOSING AND COLLECTING A NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENT FROM SPECIFIED HOSPITAL  PROPERTIES

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    NOTICE OF HEARING REGARDING IMPOSING AND
    COLLECTING A NON-AD VALOREM SPECIAL ASSESSMENT
    FROM SPECIFIED HOSPITAL 
    PROPERTIES

    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 John Law Ayers room located on the first floor of the Government Center, located at 20 North Main Street in Brooksville, FL on September 28, 2021, at 5:01 p.m., 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 Office of Management and Budget 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 Office of Management and Budget Office during regular business hours from September 15, 2021 through September 28, 2021. 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 3.53%. 

    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 of County Commissioners prior to the resolution vote.  Written objections should be sent to the attention of the Hernando County Office of Management and Budget Office, 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, Florida Statutes. 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 the Hernando County ADA Coordinator at [email protected] at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the public hearing if you need special accommodations.

    Pursuant to § 286.0105, Florida Statutes, 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:

    Bayfront Health Brooksville    
    17240 Cortez Blvd
    Brooksville, FL 34601    
    Parcel ID: R30 422 19 0000 0030 0000
            
    Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill    
    12440 Cortez Blvd
    Brooksville, FL 34613
    Parcel ID: R32 422 18 0000 0020 0010
            
    Oak Hill Hospital    
    11375 Cortez Blvd
    Spring Hill, FL 34613    
    Parcel ID: R30 222 18 2807 0010 0000
            
    Springbrook Hospital     
    7007 Grove Rd
    Brooksville, FL 34609    
    Parcel ID: R34 422 18 0000 0040 0000

    Bayfront Spring Hill
    10461 Quality Drive
    Spring Hill, FL 34609    
    Parcel ID: R31 223 18 3521 0000 0030

    /s/ Jeffrey Rogers
    County Administrator
    Hernando County Administration

    PUBLISH:  September 3, 2021
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