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Cordell Hospital Tax Vote Disputed Before Election

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  CORDELL, Okla. (AP) — A proposal to dedicate a half-cent sales tax to Cordell Memorial Hospital will appear on Tuesday's ballot in Washita County, but it will be decided later whether results will count.

County commissioners say the petition used to put the question before voters was invalid and has been telling residents votes won't be counted. However, on Thursday, a judge issued a temporary restraining order requiring the county to let residents know the question is still valid and that their vote still counts.

The Oklahoman reported Friday that a court hearing is scheduled for two days after the election.

The hospital has been receiving proceeds from a half-cent tax for 10 years, but the tax will expire in September if not reauthorized. It generates around $1.5 million annually