Gadsden County Clerk of Courts Nicholas Thomas gave the county commission an overview of the spending of the half-cent indigent sales tax.
The sales tax was approved by the voters to help fund the re-opening of the hospital.
Currently the tax is being used to pay off a bond debt that was used to renovate part of the hospital as a diagnostic and emergency room facility operated by Capital Regional Medical Center.
According to a schedule provided by the clerk’s office, the county received $1.487 million in the last fiscal year (2012-2013).
From those funds the debt-service payment of $747,272 was made.
The bond was renegotiated for a lower interest rate early this year and the payments dropped by $10,000 in April.
The remaining $739,971 was divided up with $249,352 going to the Gadsden County Health Department to fund local indigent care and $81,120 going to the Gadsden Health Council for such services as the prescription program it operates.
The remaining $409,499 was paid to Capital Regional Medical Center as part of an agreement with the hospital and the county to help offset indigent care costs to the hospital for local patients.
Thomas said the tax has generated more money than anticipated for the county.