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Georgia hospital asks county to spend taxes on indigent care

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A hospital authority in Macon wants the local government to start sharing local tax collections to help pay for needy care.

The Macon-Bibb County Hospital Authority discussed its plans earlier this month, The Telegraph of Macon reports.

The authority oversees Atrium Health Navicent, the largest hospital in Central Georgia and one of four top-level trauma centers in the state.

If the Macon-Bibb County Commission approves the request, Macon-Bibb would become at least the 14th county in the entire state to use property taxes to pay for hospital care or physical improvements, according to the State Revenue Department and Associated Press reports.

Michele Madison, an attorney for the authority, said the authority is seeking money to pay for the care provided to people who are uninsured and too poor to pay.

State law allows counties to spend up to 7 mills in property taxes to pay for hospital buildings or subsidize health care.

“So you’re going to see some very big dollars, and then you’re just going to see some millage rates that help enforce hospital authorities across the state,” Madison said.

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