A fair and balanced review of the referendum. It should be noted, however, that CS has substantial voice in the governance of the future Memorial; they have 140 pages of contract and integration plan locking in how the new Memorial will operate over the next forty years, plus, starting in nine years, there's an annual renegotiation of the lease, meaning there's plenty of opportunity for Colorado Springs to continue to exert its influence over the new merger. What the City gives up in not being on the Hospital Board is the day-to-day management of the hospital. Let's see... maintain the city's control over the financially struggling, market-share losing hospital, or merge it with the #1 ranked hospital system in the state of Colorado? Most taxpayers here in Colorado Springs would see that as a positive, not a negative. Last, you infer that Memorial employees have greater job security under the current situation than they would have under the new UCH agreement. How so? UCH has agreed to do something the City has not, which is guarantee everybody's job for six months. Under current policy, the City could let go tomorrow morning 1,000 employees at Memorial, which they'll probably have to do the morning after the election if it fails.
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