Hospital Tax in Madison County

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Hospital administrators want to build a brand new hospital, and they're hoping residents will help them out.

For the past 44 years, Dr. William Bibb has walked the halls at the Madison County Hospital caring for area residents, and in that time he's seen the 52-year-old facility slowly deteriorate.

Now hospital administrators are hoping to cure their ills by putting a half-cent sales tax measure on the November ballot.

Dr. William Bibb said, "It would help us attract more physicians, more services, more patients and more technology, get MRI scanners and other things we don't have."

Hospital officials are hoping residents will bargain on approving the measure.

Josh Smith said, "If you go into the facility, it's kind of outdated compared to other facilities in surrounding counties. I think having a new hospital will be good for this community.

Nekole Bennett added, "I think it's a great idea. They need more nurses and doctors for the patients. They one they got, it doesn't have that many people in it. That would be a good idea."

It would be a good idea that would not only continue providing quality health care to residents, but increase the work population by 25 percent.

David Acrombie, the hospital administrator, said, "Not only can we keep operating the hospital, we can upgrade and offer services that either we don't offer currently or offer on a limited basis."

Residents will make the final decision if they pass the measure in the upcoming election.

Health officials say the tax will generate upwards of $600,000 per year. If approved, the hospital could be completed in about three years.