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376.08 Counties, appropriations for hospitals and nursing homes.

Subdivision 1. Appropriations. Except as provided in subdivision 2, the board of county commissioners in any county with a population of 50,000 or less may appropriate up to $65,000 annually from the general revenue fund of the county for the acquisition of lands for hospital purposes, and the construction, improvement, alterations, equipment and maintenance of hospitals within the county. The board may also appropriate up to $25,000 from the general revenue fund of the county for the acquisition of land and construction of municipally owned nursing homes within the county.

Subd. 2. Remodeling or additions. A county hospital may by majority vote of its board of commissioners enter into projects for the construction of an addition or remodeling to its presently existing facility or the acquisition of equipment as described in this subdivision without complying with the dollar limitation of subdivision 1 or the election requirements of section 376.03. This subdivision applies only to projects in which the funds for the project are derived from dedicated, restricted, or other designated accounts or the hospital's depreciation fund and do not require incurring debt by the county through the issuance of bonds or otherwise. An addition to a current hospital under this subdivision may include construction of buildings physically separate from the present hospital building, as well as additions to the present building, if the new buildings are constructed on the hospital's existing premises.

This subdivision does not affect the ability of the hospital board to approve funds for improvements or remodeling of a hospital facility under other law.

Subd. 3. Limitation on hospital capacity. Section 144.551 applies to any project authorized by subdivision 2. Subdivision 2 does not authorize an increase in the license capacity of the hospital or the licensing, relocation, or redistribution of hospital beds except as provided by section 144.551, subdivision 1, paragraph (b).

HIST: (684, 685) 1909 c 210 s 1,2; 1915 c 326 s 1,2; 1949 c 419 s 1; 1955 c 275 s 1; 1957 c 453 s 1; 1965 c 72 s 1; 1967 c 372 s 1; 1985 c 109 s 10; 1992 c 380 s 1

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