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Hospital could help Mississippi County get a new courthouse

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) -

The Mississippi County hospital board has agreed to help the quorum court raise funds for a new courthouse. 

According to minutes from the finance committee meeting Monday, the hospital will use the existing half-cent sales tax currently collected for the hospital. 

The hospital and county would split the sales tax revenue. 

If passed, the sunset would be removed on the tax and one-fourth would go to the hospital and one-fourth would go to the county's general fund to help build a new courthouse. 

Finance Committee Chairman Michael White said the courthouse would probably be paid off within 25 years if they use this tax. 

White also said the two county seats would remain, but there would be one new courthouse. 

This proposal will have to go to a public vote before being put into place. 

If citizens vote no to the proposal, the half-cent sales tax for the hospital will remain in place with the original sunset. 

White said this is a solution to build a new courthouse without having to raise any taxes. 

Judge Carney and Justice Burge commended the hospital for their team effort in helping the county. 

Carney also thanked White for all his work in making a new courthouse possible. 

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