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Central Health plans $63 million headquarters

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Central Health is looking to acquire a former Sears department store as a new headquarters, a move that it says will save taxpayers money in the long term by consolidating existing administrative spaces. Central Health, also known by its legal name, the Travis County Healthcare District, is a public hospital district governed by an appointed board of managers under the oversight of the county commissioners court. Its primary purpose is to pay for indigent healthcare services.

The immediate impact of the plan will be a higher tax bill, and the cost savings of the consolidation won't be realized for more than a decade, according to a breakeven analysis presented at a recent board meeting.

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