VOL. 129 | NO. 124 | Thursday, June 26, 2014
Crittenden County Voters Approve Tax Increase
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) – Voters in Crittenden County have approved a 1 percent sales tax increase to support the county's financially troubled hospital.
The measure is expected to generate about $30 million over five years for Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis. According to complete but unofficial results, about 85 percent of voters supported the measure in a special election Tuesday.
Administrators say the hospital likely would have closed had the tax failed. Hospital CEO Gene Cashman tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that an increase in uninsured patients and cutbacks in federal programs led to the financial woes.
Cashman says the hospital will use the tax revenue to pay debts, recruit new physicians, upgrade the emergency room, provide new equipment and develop new health assessments for the county.
Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, www.arkansasonline.com
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