Council approves sales tax use for hospital


Local News

November 13, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Iola will continue supporting Allen County Regional Hospital through 2020, through a portion of the city’s sales tax revenues.

In a bit of high drama that ultimately lasted about 30 seconds, City Council members narrowly avoided falling short of the votes necessary to extend the helping hand another year.

That’s because two Council members, Kim Peterson and Ron Ballard, both said they were abstaining from voting on the measure because of conflicts of interest. Ballard said he had business dealings with the hospital; Peterson’s husband, Larry, is ACRH’s chief financial officer and interim chief executive officer.

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