May 19, 2024

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Portage County nursing home referendum supporters rally before election

Supporters gather for a vigil on Friday, April 1, 2022, at the Portage County Health Care Center in Stevens Point, Wis. A referendum is on the ballot to allow the Portage County Board to exceed property tax levy limits by $4.5 million annually for 20 years, in part so the county can replace the Whiting Avenue facility, which was built in 1931, with a more compact and energy-efficient facility.

STEVENS POINT – Advocates for Portage County’s nursing household rallied Friday in a very last-ditch exertion to drum up additional momentum for a indeed vote on Tuesday’s referendum.

“This is our very last possibility, I think, to rally public sentiment in favor of the overall health care referendum and at times folks want to see a accumulating of like-minded people today who say this is vital and this is truly worth it,” claimed Nancy Roppe, a top advocate for the Portage County Wellbeing Treatment Middle.

On April 5, voters will decide no matter if to maintain the facility open up by boosting taxes and creating a new $20 million facility at the web site of the recent 1931 setting up, 825 Whiting Ave. About two dozen folks stood on the corner of Whiting Avenue and H2o Street waving signals at passersby, urging them to vote sure.