A town hall meeting on Lexington’s new hospital was held Tuesday night. A tax increase to fund the project will be on November’s ballot. Click to hear KMZU’S Sarah Scott speak with Representative Joe Aull:
Aull said the new building could allow Lexington to become a healthcare hub for the surrounding rural area. “I think it could improve, not just hospital care, but total healthcare,” said Aull, “It could attract more doctors to the area, more support personnel. We’ve got some good doctors and some good medical people right now, but this could attract even more.” It would bring infrastructure to the Highway 13 area, which Aull believes would allow businesses to build out there.
Mayor Jerry Brown says Tuesday night’s crowd seemed to be in favor of the new hospital. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Brown:
This issue requires 57 percent approval to pass in the November vote. “I think the point was made that this is such a valuable future for Lexington,” said Brown, “What we’re trying to do, simply, is get the facts out so people can make an informed decision, and I think we achieved that.”
If the bond issue passes, the City of Lexington will fund $4 million of the $40 million project.