Without a hospital, BEDC chair says ‘kiss everything good-bye’

By BARBARA GREEN

“If the hospital goes down, all the rest of the community goes down. You can’t recruit business, retirees won’t want to move here and it kills the tax base…We need to do all we can to keep it going. Kiss everything good-bye if we don’t have it.”

With those comments, longtime Bowie Economic Development Corporation Chairman Bert Cunningham made his opinion quite clear on the financial troubles at Bowie Memorial Hospital at Monday night’s joint meeting of the BEDC, Bowie Hospital Board and Bowie 4B Sales Tax Corporation.

About 20 people attended the three-board gathering that was scheduled to allow the groups to discuss BMH financials and sustainability strategies.

Last week, the BMH board voted to prepare a petition that would request a hospital district election for the Nov. 3 general ballot. The board proposed a tax rate of .1850 cents per $100 in property value with hospital district boundaries that would encompass Bowie School district.

BMH Board Chairman Tim Winn, 4B Board Chairman James Scruggs and Cunningham presided over the joint meeting. Read the full story in the mid-week News.

Pictured: Members of the three city boards meets in the city council chambers Monday evening. (Photo by Barbara Green)