ENNIS – Citing a great example of how the city’s partnership with Lifepoint Hospitals has benefitted the city, commissioners approved a tax credit back to Lifepoint during their meeting Monday night.
The total tax credit of $72,082.62 was requested by Jack Wilcox, chief financial officer for the medical facility. Commissioner Tom Abram abstained as he is a hospital board member.
Requesting the credit toward the taxes paid to the city, Wilcox illustrated where, in 2010, the hospital provided charitable care totaling $361, 573 to patients with a documented inability to pay. In addition to the assistance, another $11,342,178 in uncompensated accounts was written off as those were deemed uncollectible.
Reinvestments by the hospital included the funding of capital expenditures totaling $290,472 in 2010. In addition to the capital expenses, another $102,647 was invested in building additions to the medical office building to support the growing medical staff.
City Manager Steve Howerton said this is a great investment for the city and brings a great benefit. The city’s payback of $72,082 is against close to $12 million the hospital has invested in the facility and the community provides an incentive for future reinvestment.
In other action, the commission unanimously approved the second reading of a zoning request by Globe Product for an expansion of the manufacturing facility on Jack McKay Road.
The request paves the way for Globe to proceed with its expansion. Globe Products, a manufacturer of couplings and fittings, many used in the automotive industry, has plans to build an additional building at its facility. The plans are to place a new metal annealing machine in the new building.
According to Howerton, the annealing process is clean and fueled by nitrogen and hydrogen. The process doesn’t pose any environmental hazard.
The commissioners followed a staff recommendation to accept a bid from Philpot Motors for three new Ford Crown Victoria patrol cars. Philpot’s low bid of $63,546 was well under the budgeted purchase amount of $73,000. The other bidder was HGAC, a co-op group whose bid of $67,506 was slightly higher.
Howerton told the commissioners this is the last year for the Crown Victoria police cars. “We have purchased several over the years and they have served us well,” he said.
The commissioners also approved a public facilities use permit by the Ennis Chamber of Commerce for the annual National Polka Festival parade and downtown activities.