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65% of Voters Reject KGH Levy

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Posted: November 6, 2007 11:15 p.m.

BENTON COUNTY, Wash.--There was a lot of opposition against the proposed Kennewick General Hospital (KGH) levy. Tonight, it appears that message was heard all over Benton County.

After the results were handed out, both board members from KGH and officials from "A Better Plan for Quality Healthcare" were surprised by the number of voters against the levy.

Even though tonight's results are only preliminary, overcoming a 30% deficit is highly unlikely. Regardless, both sides agree a new hospital is necessary.

"There are a lot of people that would like to see some improvements in the hospital and we're very supportive of trying to help find a really good path to make that happen so, this is just the preliminary's tonight, but it is good news," says Vice Chairman Ray Robinson, A Better Plan for Quality Healthcare.

"The need doesn't go away," mentions KGH Board Member, Wanda Briggs. The hospital has to expand. It has to grow. We have to have taxpayers help to do it.

Briggs says she and her colleagues are going to re-group and explore new ways to fund a new hospital.