Andrews' Voters Approve of $59,000,000 Bond 5/12/12
CBS 7 Reporter
Andrews - Today was the final day of elections in Andrews. On the ballot were two choices that would bring major changes to the city's hospital and courthouse.
The town is growing at record rates, but very little people showed up to the polls. So these two important decisions were left in the hands of a few voters.
“I came to vote because I have ad a stay at the hospital we have. It was horrible. It just needs updating,” said Andrews’ resident Judy Hathcock.
The bond would bring in more than $59,000,000 to a new facility for the Permian Regional Medical Center, which is the only hospital in the city.
“You know the outside looked O.K. But our infrastructure, sewer, plumbing, heating and cooling … and all that was just such a mess,” said Permian Regional Medical Center CEO Russell Tippin.
For the second major decision, residents voted on an amendment that would allow a licensed, practicing attorney from any part of the state to represent Andrews.
In the end, majority of voters said yes to both. For the hospital bond, 649 voters were for it and 279 were against it. In the election for the amendment, 642 voters said yes to the change, while 62 people said no.
“It’s a good night. It’s a good day and a good time to live in Andrews, Texas,” said Tippin.
He said they will start building the new hospital approximately in August.