Kansas community hospital clears hurdle to get sales tax help

A joint committee has recommended a sales tax to help Hiawatha (Kan.) Community Hospital, according to a Hiawatha World report.

The committee, which includes representatives of the city of Hiawatha, the city of Horton, Brown County and the hospital board, voted March 4 to approve the hospital's proposal for a half-cent countywide sales tax for 10 years.

The hospital also is requesting a $2 million bond to help it meet short-term cash needs, said John Broberg, interim CEO of the hospital.

He told Becker's the sales tax will be used to pay off the bond, and the remaining sales tax money would go to the hospital to help with operations. 

County officials still must OK the hospital's proposal, and registered voters would need to approve the sales tax initiative in a special election.


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