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Voters in the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District went to the polls twice to approve a total of $68 million in bonds to build the new hospital that eventually cost more than $91 million and opened in November 2018. The healthcare district recently took advantage of lower interest rates to refinance the bonds and save taxpayers about $7.6 million over the next 28 years.

A special meeting of the Board of Directors of Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District has been set for Monday, Dec. 27.

The only item on the agenda is a closed session beginning at 10:15 a.m. for the purpose of real property negotiations. For several months the board has been considering a sale or lease of water rights it holds in the Tehachapi Basin to the city of Tehachapi.

According to the agenda, the board expects to return to open session at 10:30 a.m. with a closed session report.

Other than the closed session, the meeting is open to the public. It will be held at the district office, 116 W. E St., Tehachapi.

Claudia Elliott