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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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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 73 391 11,120
MORTGAGES 88 481 13,903
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 0 2,278
BUILDING PERMITS 198 969 24,034
BANKRUPTCIES 54 288 8,432
BUSINESS LICENSES 29 126 3,771
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 67 536 13,457
MARRIAGE LICENSES 17 103 3,031

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