Alabama county to vote on 1 cent sales tax increase to fund new rural hospital

Alabama residents in Sumter County will vote Wednesday on a 1 cent sales tax referendum to fund a new rural hospital, according to Al.com.

The tax increase is expected to generate $1 million per year in additional revenue to fund the construction of a $25 million rural hospital in Sumter County.

To use the tax revenue, the hospital must be designated a critical access care facility, according to the report.

Earlier this year, the state legislature passed a bill, sponsored by Alabama Rep. Artis McCampbell, to allow the sales tax increase to be brought to a public vote.

If the sales tax is voted down, Sumter residents will continue to drive more than 30 miles to receive medical care. 

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