ECTOR COUNTY, TX (KWES)
The Ector County Hospital District's board of directors approved a couple of big items on Tuesday.
The first was the 2016 fiscal year budget.
They increased their budget to start replacing their electronic medical records.
The current system will be phased out by 2018 and they're having to spend nearly $55 million to have the new system in place by 2017.
Also approved was the ad-valorem tax rate, which was raised to help contrast the decrease in sales tax.
"We raised it this year, but it didn't offset the sales tax going down so we're going to be seeing a decrease in about $3 million in support that we had been seeing in the past," said Jon Riggs, Senior VP/CFO of the Medical Center Health System.