Town Hall meetings set for Brown County healthcare sales tax question

Voters in Brown County will cast votes on Tuesday, May 21, to determine whether a 1/2 percent retail sales will be enacted in Brown County for a period of 10 years to support Hiawatha Community Hospital and an as-yet-unknown healthcare facility in Horton.

The question will read: “Shall Brown County, Kansas be authorized to impose a one-half percent (0.50 percent) retailers’ sales tax (the “Sales Tax”) for the purpose of financing the provision of health care services in the County by Hiawatha Community Hospital, or its successors, and by an entity providing hospital services in the city of Horton, including hospital expenses and any payments with respect to bonds issued for hospital and health care purposes, collection of such Sales Tax to commence on October 1, 2019, and expire 10 years after its commencement; all pursuant to K.S.A. 12-187 et sez, as amended.”

Over the 10 years of sales tax, it is estimated that $700,000 would be collected annually by the 1/2 percent increase, totaling $7 million. Of this total, Hiawatha Community Hospital would collect 80 percent or $5.6 million, while an entity providing healthcare services in Horton would receive 20 percent or $1.4 million.

Sabetha Community Hospital had petitioned the Brown County Commission to receive a portion of the tax commensurate with the amount of tax being generated by Brown County businesses located within Sabetha city limits, but this request was denied.

Hiawatha Community Hospital has set a series of 29 town hall meetings to discuss the proposal — nine in Hiawatha, six in Horton, and two each in the communities of Sabetha, Fairview, Morrill, Powhattan, Reserve, Robinson and Everest.

Meetings, by location, are as follows:

Sabetha: 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Community National Bank; and 2 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Community National Bank.

Fairview: 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Fairview Community Center; and 10 a.m. Monday, April 15, at Fairview Community Center.

Morrill: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Morrill Community Building; and 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Morrill Community Building.

Hiawatha: 6 p.m. Monday, April 8, at Fisher Center; 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Fisher Center; 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Fisher Center; 2 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Fisher Center; 2 p.m. Monday, April 22, at Maple Grove; 10 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at Maple Grove; 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Historical Auditorium; 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Fisher Center; and 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at Fisher Center.

Horton: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Blue Building; 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11, at St. Leo’s Parish Hall; 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at St. Leo’s Parish Hall; 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at Blue Building; 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Blue Building; and 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Blue Building.

Powhattan: 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Legion Hall; and 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Legion Hall.

Robinson: 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Bird Cage Theatre; and 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Bird Cage Theatre.

Reserve: 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at City Hall; and 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at City Hall.

Everest: 10 a.m. Monday, April 22, at Northfield; and 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Northfield.

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