Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Login |  Register 
Find Products or Services in your local community
MSC News National Headlines U.S Health Tech Talk World Business Sports Top Headlines
Final tally: Hospital sales tax defeated by 2-vote margin

(KNZA)--The final tally is in—the proposed 10-year, half-cent countywide retailers' sales tax for the Hiawatha Community Hospital has been defeated by a two-vote margin.

That's the outcome following a canvass of votes Monday by the Brown County Commission.

Meeting as a board of canvassers, the Commission approved counting 30 of the 40 provisional ballots cast during the November 5 election based on state statute.

That resulted in a final tally of 1,285 votes against the sales tax to 1,283 in favor.

A provisional ballot is used at a polling place to record a vote when there is some question regarding a voter's eligibility.

The sales tax would have generated an estimated $750,000 annually, with the proceeds going for equipment and facility repairs.

It was the second time the hospital had sought tax support. During a special election in May, a similar sales tax proposal was defeated by a 29-vote margin.

Hiawatha Community Hospital CEO John Broberg issued the following statement Monday following the vote outcome:

While the outcome of the vote was not what we hoped for, it is important for the communities we serve to understand that the outcome does not change our mission or our vision.   Hiawatha Community Hospital is here to serve this region the best we can in whatever capacity we can, now and in the future. We want to be a uniting force in this region.  As we have shared throughout this campaign, our operations continue to improve. 
We are focusing on fundraising as we are currently doing our annual appeal for donations through the Foundation.  For the first time, the Foundation is also hosting a New Year’s Eve event to raise additional funds. 
What is plan B?  Right now, it is asking our team to focus on what we do best - provide compassionate care and focus on recruitment and retention of physicians, midlevels and staff. 




© Many Signals Communications
You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.

Two arrested after Saturday pursuit
Updated: Train derails near Reserve
Sheriff: Explosives, guns, found during search
Trial set for Hiawatha man charged in fatal wreck
Former Hiawatha banker dies
Robinson man sentenced on child sex charges
Body discovered in SE Nebraska identified
Sheriff warns about scam circulating locally
Effort underway to recall Humboldt Mayor
Five new Covid-19 cases in southeast Nebraska
City and County to discuss combined dispatch center
Atchison Co retains mask mandate
Health advisory issued for Brown State Fishing Lake
Suit over sex abuse at KS VA hospital goes to trial
New coronavirus case confirmed in Richardson Co
Vacancy filled on USD 415 board
Stolen KC rental found in Atchison Co
Atchison Co adds 42nd virus case
Sheriff warns about FedEx scam
Kansas State Fair canceled due to COVID-19

Click Here For All Stories

Congressman Watkins charged with three felonies
Atchison Co confirms virus case 45
Auburn School Board approves early start date for students
New Covid-19 cases confirmed in SE Nebraska
Sheriff warns about FedEx scam
Vacancy filled on USD 415 board
Robinson man sentenced on child sex charges
Free COVID-19 Antibody tests for Atchison County MO residents
Richardson County 4-H / FFA Junior Fair to be closed to public
Kansas State Fair canceled due to COVID-19
Click Here For All Stories

©2020 MSC News
Hiawatha, Ks 66434
EEO Public Report
Powered by Radio Media Group