Vicky Pike, who is leading the movement to recall a hospital tax passed by the Adair County Hospital District board of directors, said Friday that petitions are now available for people to sign. In addition, a special day has been scheduled so people can go by the courthouse annex basement and sign the petitions.
Pike and four other people filed as a committee on Thursday to circulate the petition protesting a 3.7 cents tax on taxpayers to pay debt that will remain if and when Westlake Regional Hospital and a group of primary care centers are sold. Anyone from Adair County who voted in the last presidential election can sign the petition. If 755 people who are qualified sign in protest, the issue could go on the ballot for a vote before the tax can be implemented. Because of the time frame, the issue would not be on the ballot until 2014, thereby stopping the tax for at least two years. The Attorney General has been asked to clarify if the tax is subject to recall but an opinion has not been released yet.
SIGNING THE PETITION
Anyone signing the petition must do so on a sheet of paper identified for the specific precinct in which they vote. Anyone who does not know the name of their district can call County Clerk Sheila Blair’s office at 384-2801 to find out. When signing the petition, you will be asked to sign your name, print your name, provide your address and Pike said it would help if you provide your birth-date in case there are others with the same name. The committee must file the petition with the county clerk by September 4.
Pike said anyone who is interested in helping distribute petitions or get voters signed up can call her at 384-3348 or 634-2604, or they can contact Cynthia Rowe at 384-5431.
SPECIAL SIGN-UP DAY SCHEDULED
Pike and others will set up in the basement of the courthouse annex at 424 Public Square, Columbia, from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Anyone wishing to sign the petition can do so at that time.
In addition to Pike and Rowe, other members of the committee are Ron Carter, Wendy Gousha and Jay Johnson.