Hospital Sales Tax

If a half-cent sales tax referendum passes next week in one Panhandle county, the revenue will be used to build a new Jackson Hospital in Marianna.

In addition, nearly 15-percent of the annual revenue will go to Campbellton-Graceville Hospital.

Hospital administrator Jimmy Rigsby says the approximate $330,000 will go toward construction of a new health care facility.

Rigsby says the current 43-year-old building is dated and many Northwest Jackson County residents go to new and re-modeled hospitals in nearby Dothan, Chipley and Bonifay.

Rigsby have been campaigning to get the half-cent sales tax approved by voters next Tuesday.


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  • by Adam Location: Marianna on Aug 1, 2007 at 07:35 PM
    Just vote NO! We need a new hospital but not more taxes. I'd like to know how the city of Bonifay can build a new hospital without raising taxes. Why can't Marianna do the same? Also, if the new wood pellet plant in Cottondale will generate $70 million dollars in it's first year of operation, why not use that money? Or, simply up the bed taxes for the hotels. This way, the tourists can help pay for the new hospital and not the local residents. I understand that as of July, the hospital had a standing profit of $14 million in the bank. I think more people should check into these things before they simply vote yes. Also, most people know that Jackson Hospital has poor services. A new building will not make these poor services go away. This is the real reason why many people go to Dothan/Tally/PCB to their hospitals instead of our own.
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