McPherson Hospital to hold informational session October 21st

By Nick Gosnell
October 14, 2014

McPherson Hospital announces an informational session on Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the McPherson Opera House Ballroom. This public session is to share plans for the hospital’s anticipated renovations funded by both private donations and a proposed county-wide sales tax increase. This tax increase would benefit the three county hospitals in McPherson, Moundridge and Lindsborg.

The sales tax increase will be voted on by McPherson County voters on November 4th.

The ballot question will read 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.