Voters in Oklahoma county pass hospital sales tax

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Voters in an eastern Oklahoma county have approved a half-percent sales tax that will help fund a Poteau medical center's structural improvements.

The Times Record reports (http://bit.ly/1AV8OJ3 ) LeFlore County voters approved the tax on Tuesday. Election officials counted about 5,200 votes approving the measure and about 1,500 votes against it.

Revenue from the tax will go to the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center for expenses including operation, maintenance and construction.

The center closed its Surgery and Obstetrics Departments in February after state inspectors found structural deficiencies.

The hospital's CEO Mike Carter says he hopes the departments will be reopened in early 2015. He estimates the repairs to the surgery department will cost about $1.3 million.

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Information from: Southwest Times Record, http://www.swtimes.com/

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