Brown County sales tax fails by slim margin

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Voters in Brown County voted against a ten-year half-cent countywide retailers sales tax that would provide health care in the county.

The final tally from the Brown County Clerk’s office shows 1,081 voted for the tax while 1,116 voted against it, failing by just 35 votes.  The tax would have gone toward the Hiawatha Community Hospital to provide health care to other places in the county.  The tax was estimated to generate between $600,000 to $700,000 annually.

The Brown County Commission had been working on ways to help the hospital with its current financial issues.

Brown County Clerk Melissa Gormley told MSC News in Hiawatha there were 51 provisional ballots cast and those will be taken into account when the Brown County Commission meets next Tuesday to canvass the results of the election.

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