Drew Memorial Hospital will host a presentation and question-and-answer session about the hospital ballot issue that Drew County voters will encounter at the December 8 special election. The forum will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the hospital conference rooms.

Attendees will see the most recent architectural plans for the planned expansion and will learn about the benefits the project will offer the community and the region.

The expansion and renovation includes: new and expanded surgery facilities; labor, delivery and recovery areas; nursery, outpatient clinic, and laboratory.

If the ballot passes, the quarter-cent tax would allow DMH to float $9.775 million in sales tax revenue bonds to fund a portion of the project.

A half-cent library tax is set to expire in Drew County and the hospital ballot would reallocate half of that existing tax revenue. Ad valorem taxes benefiting the hospital will also be affected by the vote. If the quarter-cent sales tax is approved by voters, the county will cease the ad valorem taxes, thereby decreasing both sales and property taxes county-wide.

Presenters will also explain how supporters can promote the vote in their community. Questions about the expansion project and the December 8 hospital ballot issue are welcomed at the public event.