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Piggott City Hospital Sales Tax Increase (May 2010)

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There was a Piggott City Hospital Sales Tax Increase measure on the May 18 ballot in Clay County for voters in the city of Piggott.

This measure was approved

  • YES 847 Approveda
  • NO 125[1]

This measure asked voters to approve a one cent increase in the sales taxes collected by the city in order to help the Piggott Community Hospital. The hospital asked for the increase due to a downturn in their income, since it was approved it will be in place for three years. The measure had needed one more public hearing though before it was officially on the May ballot.[2]

Monday March 8,2010 was the last public meeting held before this issue was verified for the ballot. The hospital representative who presented the issue, noted that around $350,000 was expected in shortfalls this year due to Medicare issues, many patients are from Missouri so the hospital does not receive as much money from them. Most residents in attendance agreed that the hospital was vital and seemed to support the tax increase proposed.[3]