- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Mississippi County officials have voted to set another special election on the question of extending a current hospital tax, which would help finance the construction of a new $22.5 million Blytheville courthouse.

Half of the revenue from the tax is used to repair and improve Mississippi County Hospital System facilities. The portion of the revenue would go toward other county road and structure maintenance works. The Blytheville Courier News (http://bit.ly/2hGrkl9 ) reports the Mississippi County Quorum Court voted 9-2 Tuesday to have county citizens vote March 14, 2017, whether revenue should be used to finance the courthouse.

The Quorum Court has previously set a special election for August 2016, but the city of Osceola sued to have it stopped. Osceola attorney BBart Calhoun argued the proposed tax itself was unlawful.

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Information from: Blytheville Courier News, http://www.couriernews.net

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