The “Vote for Parkland” bond campaign kicked off today in front of the Doctor’s Office in Old City Park -- where we particularly enjoyed the aroma from the donkeys, Nip and Tuck, kept behind wooden fence next door. Becky Mayad, handling media relations for the Vote for Parkland campaign, told Unfair Park the scene was chosen to juxtapose the nostalgia of the old doc’s office originally on Jefferson Street with the sad-sack Parkland Hospital on Harry Hines, which the county desperately wants to replace at the cost of $747 million to the taxpayers come November's election..
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The campaign urges voters to approve the $1.2-billion dollar project, 40 percent of which will be funded through cash reserves, philanthropic efforts and private donations -- many of which were announced last week during a morning wingding at the original Parkland Hospital on Maple Avenue. The public's contribution will come in the form of property taxes, at 20 dollars per year per $100,000 in property value; it goes up to $25 in 2012, and then to $35 after 2014.
Dallas County residents will vote on the bond on November 4, prompting Dallas city council Member Elba Garcia to say that “of course it’s going to be at the end of the ballot -- all the important things are always at the end of the ballot.”
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price urged folks to vote because, he says, he already has a tattoo that reads, “Take Me to Parkland” -- and "I don't want 'em to be confused ... just in case something happens," he said. Big laughs.
Dr. Ron Anderson, Parkland's CEO, said the county could go about getting the funding a different way, rather than by taxing the taxpayers. “But we think this is something so important that the voters should vote for it," he said. "But do we need to do it regardless? We need to do it regardless.” --Courtney Clenney