The long awaited hospital tax refunds for residents of Wood River Township should be in the mail later this month. The final act to close the book on Wood River Township Hospital took place this week when the Township Board voted to transfer hospital records to St. Anthony’s Health Center in Alton.
The action also means residents of the former hospital taxing district who paid into a fund to support the facility for five years after it closed, will receive their share of $8.4 million dollars that is left over. Last year it was determined that the hospital had met all future financial obligations, but it took an act in the Illinois General Assembly to determine where the remaining funds would go. There are about 32-thousand residents of Wood River Township that are eligible for a check that will be issued by the Madison County Clerk’s Office later this month. The checks will be based on 2005 tax assessments. Wood River Township Hospital closed in 2000.