QVMC

The Quincy Valley Medical Center may have seen bluer skies than the ones hovering above last week as the fate of its hospital levy lay in the hands of a few voters, but CEO Glenda Bishop says there are reasons to be optimistic. For starters, the levy will appear on a ballot again in November.

The Quincy Valley Medical Center (QVMC) maintenance and operations levy fell short of passing in the Aug. 3 Primary Election due to low voter turnout.

In order for the levy to pass, state law requires two parts: a passing percentage and a vote validation threshold.

The passing percentage is 60 percent “yes” votes and the threshold is at least 40 percent of the previous election’s turnout.

While the levy received 65.75 percent “yes” votes, it fell short of the 40 percent voter turnout from the last election.

Bishop said she knew it would be difficult to pass the levy in the primary because primary elections tend to have lower turnouts than general elections.

The most recent election was the 2020 presidential election. Bishop said that presidential elections have high turnouts because they tend to polarize voters.

This means levy supporters had to battle an even higher-than-usual voter turnout.

Grant County had a voter turnout of 79.2 percent in the Nov. 3, 2020 election while the most recent Aug. 3 primary only saw a 28.14 percent voter turnout.

The levy still has another chance to pass because it will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot with the exact same proposal of $825,000.

Bishop said she has high hopes it will pass in November and that she feels thankful for the 65 percent voter approval that the levy received in the primary.

If the levy passes, the taxes will be collected in 2022 and will go toward covering the gap between funding and the cost of existing programs and operations.

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