In just a couple of weeks, people in Pawhuska will vote on a new one-cent sales tax to help fund the hospital.
If it passes, the tax would stay in effect for the next 20 years.
Mayor Roger Taylor said the hospital board asked the city council to put the sales tax on the ballot next month.
He said it's important for Pawhuska to keep the hospital, not only because it can serve the community's healthcare needs, but also because it's one of the town's biggest employers.
Mayor Taylor said the Pawhuska Hospital is one of only two hospitals left in Osage County.
If voters pass it on January 12, the sales tax would last for 20 years and would pay for everything from maintaining the building to recruiting doctors.