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The Lincoln County mill levy supports the healthcare you need.

In November 2022, Lincoln County residents voted to renew the current 3 mill levy on property taxes that sustains critical healthcare services in our county.The mill levy keeps important care close to home by supporting the following services:

  • Lincoln County Medical Center

  • Emergency Medical Service (EMS)

  • Rural clinics in Capitan, Carrizozo, Corona, and Hondo

What's a mill levy?

A mill levy is a tax collected from property owners. If you own property, it is assessed a value. The taxable value is one-third of the assessed value. One mill equals $1 for every $1000 of taxable value.

The mill levy provides valuable healthcare throughout Lincoln County

More than half of the annual funding generated by the mill levy directly supports rural clinics and ambulance services in Lincoln County. Funding from the mill levy has helped to expand and upgrade healthcare services including:

  • The community generously supported construction of the new Lincoln County Medical Center, which opened in 2020 with 25 private rooms and many new services. The mill levy has allowed us to continue to expand services at this facility with an intensive care unit, a family birthing unit, cardiopulmonary rehab and specialties including colorectal surgery, uro-gynecology and orthopedic surgery (including total joint replacements).

  • Improvements in emergency medical services. The mill levy helped fund new ambulances to serve the community.

  • Infrastructure upgrades at rural clinics in Capitan, Carrizozo and Hondo such as parking lot repairs and HVAC replacements, as well as updated equipment at the Carrizozo dental clinic.

Funding flows back into our community. Lincoln County Medical Center provides 335 jobs and more than $29 million in salaries, wages and benefits. Lincoln County Medical Center provides essential care to thousands of county residents regardless of their ability to pay and contributes more than $3 million in community benefit (including financial assistance) each year.

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