Tarrant County Voters Approve $800 Mil Bond For JPS Hospital

Alan Scaia
November 07, 2018 - 6:38 am

NBC 5 News

FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - An $800 million bond proposal for JPS Health Network passed Tuesday night in Tarrant County, winning 82 percent of the vote.

The measure does not increase the property tax rate.

The money will pay for four clinics across the county as well as a behavioral health center and more mental health space. JPS will also use money for an outpatient surgery center and cancer center.

"We thank all those who supported the Hospital District bond proposition. It was truly a healthy vote for all families in Tarrant County," Bill Thornton, the president and chief executive of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, wrote in a statement. "Its passage will vastly improve and upgrade our community's mental health, cancer care, trauma center, physician and nurse training, and general patient services."​

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley says JPS had not had a bond in more than 35 years.

"I'm very grateful to the voters and citizens of Tarrant County for their overwhelming expression of confidence in the work JPS is doing," he says.

The county commissioners' court will now work with the JPS hospital board to set priorities and a timeline for construction. Whitley says the two will spread spending out to ensure no property tax increase becomes necessary in the future.

"​We've had two previous bond issues, one in 1998 and the other in 2006. We made that commitment to the voters for each one of those," he says. "We have kept that promise, and we'll keep that promise with this one."