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Updated: 03/13/2014 08:00:02AM

DMH to pursue BOCC sales tax approval

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By Steve Bauer

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In an effort to have the DeSoto Board of County Commission approve a half-cent sales tax without a public referendum, DeSoto Memorial Hospital is seeking legal clarification on whether it is a public hospital according to state statutes.

DMH CEO Vince Sica told board members during their Thursday meeting he had talked to three of the five Commissioners about the idea, as well as County Attorney Donald Conn. Sica said Conn questioned whether the hospital would qualify as a true public hospital in the state’s eyes, since it is not owned by the county.

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