Five people have filed as a committee to organize a petition in opposition of the hospital district’s 3.7 cents tax.
Vicky Pike, Cynthia Rowe, Ron Carter, Wendy Gousha, and Jay Johnson filed the proper paperwork Thursday.
The committee will be responsible for circulating the petition protesting the tax and filing it in the proper form within 45 days from the passage of the order to impose the 3.7 percent tax on the taxpayers of Adair County by the Adair County Hospital District Board. The date the tax was imposed was July 20, 2012, meaning the deadline is Sept. 4, 2012.
For the tax to be recalled, 10 percent of the people who voted in the last presidential race must sign the petition, which is 755 people. The petition must be signed in the precinct where the signatory votes.
All correspondence for this committee should be sent to Victoria Pike at 3011 Burkesville Rd., Columbia. Her phone number is 384-3348 or 634-2604.
It is still not legally decided if the tax is in fact subject to recall but the clock is ticking. County Judge Executive Ann Melton, with the support of the fiscal court, has asked the Attorney General to clarify the legal responsibility of the hospital district board and that decision is pending. It is believed that the deadline date of Sept. 4 will be in effect should the Attorney General declare that the tax is subject to recall.