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VOL. 129 | NO. 124 | Thursday, June 26, 2014

Crittenden County Voters Approve Tax Increase

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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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PROPERTY SALES 106 418 11,538
MORTGAGES 135 521 14,424
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
BUILDING PERMITS 220 913 24,947
BANKRUPTCIES 53 297 8,729
BUSINESS LICENSES 26 119 3,890
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 71 524 13,980
MARRIAGE LICENSES 13 83 3,114

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