OPP, Ala. (WDHN)— The City of Opp and its hometown hospital, Mizell Memorial, came up with an important agreement.

Since 2017, those who buy items in the city pay an additional one-percent sales tax. Annually, it
generates nearly a million dollars in revenue and has always been “earmarked” to Mizell to help cover a bond issue.

But, now the revenue earned from the tax will be split between the hospital and the city. Mayor Becky Bracke says those dollars are needed for her town to increase its payscale for Opp’s approximately 80 full and part-time workers.

The city has lost a lot of workers to nearby communities because of its “low” pay scale.

A Mizell spokesman says the hospital needs a portion of the sales tax revenue because rural
healthcare facilities are seeing less federal Medicaid and Medicare funding.