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Iron County voters pass sales tax

Iron County voters approved a half-cent sales tax in Tuesday’s municipal election, giving Iron County Medical Center a fighting chance to achieve financial stability after more than a decade of uncertainty.

The vote was 955 in favor and 578 against the measure.

The half-cent sales tax, which is expected to bring in about $400,000 in additional annual revenue, will be added to a half-cent tax already in effect.

Over the past several months, CEO Joshua Gilmore held town hall meetings to make people aware of the critical access hospital’s dire financial straits and the work he and his staff have done to remedy the situation since his arrival a year ago.

In February Gilmore announced that the hospital had filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, hoping to slow the financial bleeding the facility has experienced since opening its doors in December 2006.

Despite seeing some improvement over the past year, the CEO admitted that the hospital had yet to undergo a financial turnaround and desperately needed the sales tax to give it a fighting chance to survive.

Iron County voters approved a half-cent sales tax in Tuesday's election that the Iron County Medical Center hopes will help boost its financial stability after facing monetary issues since opening more than a decade ago.

Iron County voters approved a half-cent sales tax in Tuesday’s election that the Iron County Medical Center hopes will help boost its financial stability after facing monetary issues since opening more than a decade ago.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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