The Well is Dry When It Comes To District Supporting New Hospitals - Withey
In an exclusive interview with The Bay, Huntsville Councilor Tim Withey said that Muskoka District Councilors were gun shy when asked to financially support Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) at a recent District meeting.
One councillor characterized his municipality’s position by saying “the well was dry” when discussing a potential new tax that would be imposed on residents for two new hospitals to be built more than 10 years into the future. Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith questioned why the District was being approached to fund the new hospitals in the first place, saying that hospitals in Toronto are not funded by a local share implemented as a tax on residents.
Withey says we are already “taxed to the max” and instead of implementing a tax now for the future, we should instead work on our existing hospitals by renovating them as we need to. He added that there is no way the province will fund $800 million for two new hospitals to service 70,000 residents.
You can listen to the entire interview here: