Health Tax Follow-up in Gadsden County

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Days after the elections, Gadsden County officials are still reeling from losing out on a referendum that would have provided health care to the less fortunate.

Health council members say they canvassed the entire county, telling residents about the pros and cons of the half-cent health tax referendum, but just days before the election several signs encouraging folks to vote against the measure popped up around the county.

Council members believe those signs and low voter turnout may have played a part in the referendum's demise.

Sherri Vanlandingham said, "We would like to hear from our opposition, exactly their plan for the health issues in Gadsden County. We're ready and able to meet with them at any point in time to take look at their plan."

The health council plans to put the measure back on the ballot in 2008.