Sharp County voters are headed to the polls.
A special election will be held on Tuesday, March 11 to determine a 1.5 percent sales tax increase county-wide providing for the operation and maintenance of a new county hospital.
Sharp County Quorum Court justices voted on ordinances pertaining to the building of the hospital, and issuance of bonds to finance the hospital in November of 2013. The ordinances will take effect if the sales tax is approved by voters.
If voter approved, the 40,000 square foot, 19-bed facility would be county-owned but not county-managed. St. Bernard’s Healthcare has expressed their interest in equipping, staffing and managing the proposed hospital. The hospital would be a two-story facility, with a fully equipped emergency room, open 24/7, have a state of the art imaging center, laboratory, pharmacy, administration and food service.
Sharp County will be reimbursed for the cost of the special election, between $20,000 to $25,000, by the Sharp County Hospital Foundation.
Voters will decide on a one percent sales tax to provide for the operation and maintenance of a new county hospital with various departments and facilities, including emergency medicine, radiology, physical therapy, acute care and rehab. Voters will also decide on a half percent sales tax to pay on the bond issuance for the construction of the hospital.
Opponents of the proposed new hospital say the new tax rate will be among the highest in the state. Local cities within the county currently have sales taxes ranging from 7.50% to 9%.
Proponents state the county has been without a hospital for ten years, and one is needed in the county, for the citizens and for future generations to come. They feel a good health care system is an integral part of community growth and stability.
Voters will decide on Tuesday, March 11. Early voting began March 4 at the Sharp County Courthouse, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow by Email
Facebook
SHARE0