Commissioners leave EMH off 2016 SPLOST ‘wish list’
Elbert Memorial Hospital Authority Board’s excecutive committee said Thursday it didn’t know the hospital wasn’t included in the planning process for the upcoming special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) vote in May of 2016.
According to EMH Board Chairman Daniel Graves, after next week’s authority meeting he believes the board should formally ask the Elbert Board of Commissioners to leave the hospital on the SPLOST list.
“I believe we should ask the hospital authority to make a formal request for the SPLOST funds,” Graves told the executive committee Thursday.
Hospital CEO Brandon Clary and CFO Kelly Cox told the executive committee that they saw in The Elberton Star that the hospital wasn’t on the SPLOST list compiled by commission for the May 2016 vote. SPLOST funds, if approved in May, would start being collected in January of 2017. In the most recent SPLOST the hospital received $120,000 annually. Cox said she was told that the county took the hospital off the SPLOST list because the hospital was receiving property tax funds from the county.
“When we asked for the property tax funding they never said anything about not receiving SPLOST funds as a condition for receiving the property tax funds,” said Graves.
“The property tax funds are used operationally and the SPLOST funds are used for capital projects,” said executive committee member Max Black. “We shouldn’t have to give up one to get the other.”
The hospital authority’s full board was scheduled to meet on Tuesday evening.