Consultant finds health district dissolution justified

Dissolution of the beleaguered Mt. Diablo Health Care District would substantially reduce overhead costs and free up the money for community health programs, an independent consultant has concluded.

Read the full report here.

The analysis was done for the Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission, a regulatory agency evaluating whether to disband the Mt. Diablo Health Care District, a political entity in central Contra Costa County that turned over its hospital to John Muir Health 15 years ago but continues to collect and tens of thousands of property tax dollars.

If LAFCO eliminates the district, it would be the first LAFCO-initiated dissolution of a public agency in Contra Costa County and probably the first in the state. A new law passed earlier this year allows LAFCOs to dissolve districts without an election.

The commission seeks public comment through Dec. 26 on the draft review of the report prepared by Economic & Planning Systems, Inc., and E Mulberg and Associates.  LAFCO will also discuss the findings at its Dec. 14 meeting at 1:30 p.m., 651 Pine St., Martinez.



Lisa Vorderbrueggen