City of Rankin Meets to Discuss Upcoming Hospital Bond Vote
Brian Wise NewsWest 9
RANKIN - Town officials and emergency staff met at the Rankin Volunteer Fire Department Thursday to discuss the November election. People in Rankin and Midkiff will get to decide whether they want a new $25 million dollar hospital and new tax.
The hospital is so old, it's hard to remember when it was built. Tommy Johnson, CEO Administrator of Rankin County Hospital remembers.
"Our facility is 53 years old here or 60 years old. It was built in 1953. So time wise, it's kind of past the prime of being able to provide the level of healthcare that you need today," Johnson said.
The cost of a new hospital would be dispersed in tax based on property. Houses that value between $50,000 to $250,000 will be charged an extra $2.54 to $12.56 a month. That means the more valuable your property, the more tax you pay.
Rankin Emergency Response Director, Red Gerheart, said the need of a new facility outweighs the cost of the tax.
"It's very well needed. We're out of space. We've outgrown our facility now. We've probably tripled our volume in the last year, in-patient and through the emergency department, so we need a lot more space to be able to offer more services," Gerheart said.
The election for the hospital district will take place on November fifth.