Manatee chamber endorses sales tax hike for health care

jdela@bradenton.comMay 16, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The Manatee Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday it will officially endorse a proposed half-cent sales tax to finance community health care.

Tom Seguin, the chamber's chairman of the board, announced the group's endorsement Thursday at a luncheon at the Bradenton Country Club.

Voters will go to the polls June 18 to vote on the referendum. If voters approve the increase June 18 with a referendum ballot, the sales tax rate would go up from 6.5 percent to 7 percent. It would generate an estimated $23 million annually.

The plan is designed to replace current funds for indigent care, which will be exhausted in 2015, officials have said.

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