- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Voters in Mississippi County have approved a sales tax increase that will fund the county’s hospital system.

More than 60 percent of voters supported the measure in a special election Tuesday.

The half-cent sales tax increase will take effect Jan. 1, 2015, and will end after five years. The Blytheville Courier News reports (https://bit.ly/1sLitRu ) that the tax is expected to generate about $12 million to $15 million for the Mississippi County Hospital System.

The tax will pay for repairs at the Great River Medical Center in Blytheville and the South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center in Osceola.

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

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