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Marshall County commissioner questions hospital tax

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AllianceHealth Madill Hospital benefits from a one-cent sales tax for Marshall County residents. (KTEN) AllianceHealth Madill Hospital benefits from a one-cent sales tax for Marshall County residents. (KTEN)

MADILL, Okla. -- For the past 10 years, Marshall County has collected a one-cent sales tax to help maintain the AllianceHealth Hospital building and some equipment.

County Commissioner Chris Duroy said the proposition to renew the levy will be worded differently this time.

"The public needs to know if they're voting on to renew that and not basically supplement the private industry that is running the hospital," he said. "I'm just not a big fan in using taxpayers' dollars just to supplement private industry. We don't do that for the local restaurants. We don't do that for the mom-and-pop stores. It's just not a good idea."

Before the proposition is approved and placed on the ballot, Duroy said it's being revised so that people know exactly what it would go toward.

"We told them we'd put it on the ballot as soon as they get the wording right, but we want the citizens of Marshall County to know what they're voting on," the commissioner said.

Duroy added that the importance of the hospital isn't lost on him, and he hopes the hospital and county can come to an agreement.

"We want the hospital to stay here. We want to help try to keep the funding for the hospital in place to a point, but we also want to try to make the tax dollars as useful in the community as we can," he said.

If the proposition's wording is approved this month, it will be on a ballot by January.

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