DOUBLE SPRINGS - The designation of two mills of ad valorem or property taxes to benefit the hospital in Winston County--which has long been on the books and a subject of controversy including a lawsuit--was brought into the light once again through a vote by the Winston County Commission Monday, Sept. 14.
A special guest at the meeting was Heyward Hosch, of Maynard Cooper Gale, bond counsel to the Health Care Authority of Haleyville and Winston County, who informed Commission Chairman Roger Hayes and Commissioners Bobby Everett and David Cummings about the need to approve a bond issue for the hospital authority relating to Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville.
“The hospital needs to make a number of capital improvements and will use the tax for this purpose,” Hosch stated. “The tax can only be used for hospital purposes, as you know.”
Hosch informed commissioners the two-mill tax was under Amendment 72, which was originally approved in an election Oct. 14, 1965. Under that 1965 amendment passed by Winston County voters, two mills of property tax were to go to the commission and two mills to the hospital, which at that time was to be in Haleyville. Known as Burdick-West Memorial Hospital, it opened in 1969. That structure today is known as Lakeland Community Hospital.
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