The governing authorities of municipalities shall have the power and authority to
donate a sum, not to exceed One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) per month, to maintain a
charity ward or wards in any hospital situated in the same county in which such municipality
All municipalities within the several counties of this state bordering on the tidewater
of the Gulf of Mexico, are hereby authorized and empowered, in the discretion of the
proper authorities thereof, to appropriate such a sum of money as said authorities
shall deem reasonable, to provide and maintain a charity ward or wards, in any of
the hospitals in said municipalities, or, in the discretion of said authorities, to
make and enter into contracts with any such hospitals for the treatment and care in
such hospitals of the indigent sick of said municipalities, and to pay therefor out
of the general fund of such municipalities such sum or sums, as shall be a reasonable
and just compensation to said hospital.
In addition, the governing authorities of municipalities shall have the power and
authority to donate and furnish free of charge lights, power and water from municipally-owned
electric light and water plants to hospitals or benevolent institutions located within
any such municipality.
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