The proposed site of the hospital is on U.S. 145 near I-65. Source: Alan Collins/WBRC
An artist's rendering of the new hospital. Source: WBRC video
CHILTON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -
This week Chilton County voters overwhelmingly backed a sales tax increase to fund a new county hospital.
Chilton County's old hospital closed down last October. But after Tuesday's vote work can get underway to give this community much needed healthcare within the next two years.
The new tax will go into effect August 1, 2014 and is expected to generate $3.5 million a year.
Chilton County Judge Sibley Reynolds sits on the Chilton County Healthcare Authority board. Reynolds said their current proposal is to build a new hospital off of U.S. 145 near I-65. He added that they could break ground on the site in October.
"You want one where you live. If you wake up in the night you want one close. For us we have to ride 40 minutes. We don't want to have to do that anymore," Reynolds said.
Reynolds also said the hospital will provide healthcare and an economic boost for the county.
"From the interstate you can see a multi-story modern building here in Clanton, Alabama. That sends a message we are progressive. We are bright and shiny," Reynolds explained.