County Commission approves hospitals' ballot question

By Nick Gosnell
August 18, 2014

The Board of McPherson County Commissioners approved a ballot question at their Monday meeting for a proposed half-cent sales tax increase to fund operational expenses at McPherson Hospital, Mercy Hospital in Moundridge, and Lindsborg Community Hospital.

The question reads as follows:

Shall the following be adopted?

Shall McPherson County, Kansas be authorized to impose a one-half percent (.5%) County-wide retailers' sales tax, the proceeds of which shall be divided between and paid seventy-five percent (75%) to McPherson Hospital, Inc. ("McPherson") and twenty-five percent split evenly between Mercy Hospital, Inc., Moundridge, Kansas and Lindsborg Community Hospital, Lindsborg, Kansas and used (1) by any recipient to finance the cost of acquiring, constructing, equipping and furnishing certain alterations, modifications and improvements to their capital equipment and facilities; (2) by any recipient to finance the costs of acquiring, construction, equipping and furnishing certain alterations, modifications and improvements to a medical arts building; and (3) to support the general operating expenses of any recipient. The collection of such sales tax will commence on April 1, 2015 and terminate ten (10) years after its commencement, all pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 12-187 et seq.

At current collection rates, the proposed sales tax would net one million six hundred fifty thousand dollars per year for McPherson Hospital and two hundred seventy five thousand dollars per year each for Moundridge and Lindsborg hospitals.

The question will now be on every ballot in McPherson County for the November 2014 election.