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Updated: 07/24/2014 08:00:00AM

Indigent care tax inches forward

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By Steve Bauer

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The DeSoto Board of County Commissioners took a baby step Tuesday toward helping DeSoto Memorial Hospital lighten its financial debt. The board voted 4-1 to allow public notice of its intent to consider a 1/2-cent indigent care sales tax referendum on November’s ballot, with all taxes collected applied to DMH’s mortgage debt.

County Attorney Don Conn presented the board with two versions of the ordinance: one would stipulate that all monies collected go toward all new and existing hospital debt; while the second would allow the revenue to be divided between all facilities in the county that provide indigent care services. A supermajority would be needed to approve the first option, while a simple majority could approve the second.

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