“The department had a $200 million deficit last year, and may see that budget hole balloon to $600 million in the 2010-11 fiscal year, according to the department's interim director, John Schunhoff. The deficit is largely due to medical cost increases and the rising cost of unreimbursed care for those without health insurance or means to pay, county officials say. The county runs two Level 1 trauma centers, at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center near Torrance and USC Medical Center near downtown Los Angeles.”A few outside facilities will also benefit from the tax rate increase due to the costs that county-responsible patients cause such places to incur. Specifically, around $2.5 million will be set aside. The tax increase will be seen on this year’s tax bill for L.A. property owners. Read more here.