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OUR OPINION: Vote Yes on $830 million hospital bond issue

HeraldEd@MiamiHerald.com

Most municipalities in Miami-Dade County don’t have an election this year. But that doesn’t mean that voters living outside the few cities with contested elections have no reason to go to the polls. County voters are being asked to approve $830 million in bonds for the Jackson Health System, an issue that deserves full public support.

The county’s sole public hospital is a vital institution in this community. If Jackson didn’t exist, someone would have to invent it.

Its major responsibility is to take care of individuals who have no insurance and nowhere else to go in an emergency.

It fulfills that role well, but it’s also the No. 1 hospital in South Florida, according to a recent survey. Its trauma center is world-renowned and its affiliation with UM doctors gives patients access to first-rate medical care.

But the facilities are aging. The hospital must invest in refurbishment and upgrades so that it can continue to offer the best service and attract paying patients to offset the care it gives to indigents.

The cost to owners of a home valued at $123,000 will be an average of $17 per year — well worth it.

Take a moment to go vote. Lines will likely be short. So is the ballot. And vote Yes on the upgrade to the Jackson Health System.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Upgrade Jackson Health System

Yes

MIAMI

Mayor

Tomás Regalado

City Commission

District 3

Frank Carollo

District 5

Jacqui Colyer

Ballot question

Develop Coconut Grove

waterfront

Yes

MIAMI BEACH

Mayor

Michael Gongora

City Commission

Group 1

Micky Steinberg

Group 2Jorge Exposito

Group 3

Matti Bower

Nondiscrimination in

city employment, benefits

Yes

Forge ties with School Board

Yes

Help for condo owners

No

Keeping protections

Yes

60 percent vote

for Convention Center

No

HIALEAH

Mayor

Carlos Hernandez

City Council

Group 5

Luis Gonzalez

Group 6

Paul “Pablito” Hernandez

Pension reform

Yes

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