HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — A property tax increase is coming to Houston County residents:

Monday, the Houston County Commission approved the increase that Southeast Health will receive.

The tax will go towards Southeast Health to offset rising expenses the hospital has experienced.

Currently, Southeast Health receives 2.5 mils and has requested to receive the full amount of four mils, that was promised to them 73 years ago.

A mil is a one-one-thousandth of a dollar and represents a tax rate imposed on real estate or other property.

The tax will not be applied until 2023.

“It will be assessed next fall and they will be receiving the money in 2024,” Houston County Commission Chairman, Mark Culver said. “So it’ll be awhile. This is just the beginning of the process.”

Southeast Health hasn’t had to ask for a tax increase since 2011 when the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine was being built.