Commission schedules time to discuss hospital tax

Published 3:12 pm Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Chilton County Commission unanimously voted to adjourn a portion of the regularly scheduled meeting on Monday until Wednesday at 9 a.m. to discuss three resolutions regarding the new hospital in Clanton.

Curt Gwathney, an attorney with Balch and Bingham LLP, who represents the Chilton County Healthcare Authority, approached commissioners on Monday regarding three resolutions he was hoping the commission would pass regarding clarification of a sales tax increase to fund the construction of a new hospital.

Commissioners passed a resolution in June 2014 levying sales tax for the hospital, and set a date of Aug. 1, 2014, to begin collecting the tax, which would fund the construction of a new hospital facility to be operated by St. Vincent’s Health System off Highway 145 in Clanton.

Recently, commissioners learned that clarification on some of the wording in the original resolution was needed about what all was included in the tax.

Due to the resolutions affecting individuals who sell items such as vehicles and farm equipment, Commission Chairman Allen Caton asked if the discussion could be tabled until Wednesday at 9 a.m.

“I just would like to give those this will affect an opportunity to talk with one another,” Caton said. “I think it would be good for us to talk with them about it.”

Commissioners will meet in the commission chambers at the Chilton County Courthouse.

The commission also tabled a request to close a portion of County Road 238 until the Sept. 14 commission meeting.

A public hearing was originally scheduled for Monday at the request of Bill Hatley, but commissioners received a letter from the Chilton Water Authority requesting the road not be closed due to the Water Authority having two main water lines on the road.

Commissioners thought it would be best to speak with the Water Authority before making a decision regarding the road.

Commissioners voted to revisit the issue at the Sept. 14 meeting.

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