Somervell County commissioners set a date for a public hearing regarding a petition to create a hospital district in the county.

The hearing is slated for 9:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 15, in the Commissioners Courtroom.

I have been presented with a petition requesting us to set this date, said County Judge Walter Maynard.

The petition was turned in with 165 signatures, of which 151 were certified. An additional three signatures were turned in later and two of those were certified.

It requires 100 (signatures) to be proper, Maynard said.

Maynard also noted that the court has no say as to whether a hospital district should be created.

The hearing will be to further certify that the petition is valid and proper and to set the date for the election, Maynard said.

A special election will be held on Feb. 14, allowing voters to decide if the district will manifest or not. If the petition is successful, then five board members will be appointed until five more can be elected in May.

If passed, the Somervell County Hospital District will be funded by taxpayers and will levy an ad valorum property tax rate, set to a maximum of 10 cents per $100 valuation.

Glen Rose Medical Center CEO Gary Marks has held a few public meetings with various entities in the community and told the court he plans to host more.