There's an issue that would allow local communities to partner with companies to provide health care services. In this voter guide we look at Referendum B.
Paying for health care is a constant struggle for many families. And in smaller towns, medical centers also struggle to survive. Referendum B allows communities to start up or keep these facilities running. Yet it protects towns from going into debt because of the partnership.
Supporters say this referendum would expand the range of health care services available in communities such as hospice care, emergency clinics, mobile mammography units and surgical centers. And they say it could generate revenue and jobs for towns -- especially those in rural areas.
Opponents say local governments should not risk taxpayer money by investing in private companies. It could open up conflict of interest questions. Plus, the interests of these partnerships may not always be to the public's benefit.