Voters to Decide One-Quarter Percent Sales and Tax Use Referendum

08/24/2012

Voters will have opportunity to decide whether the County should levy a one-quarter percent sales tax when they go to the polls Tuesday, November 6.  An information brochure on the subject is available here.

A one-quarter percent sales tax, which represents one-fourth of one penny, is equivalent to one cent for every four dollars spent, or 25 cents for every $100 spent.

The Board of Commissioners at its August meeting agreed to put the question on the November ballot for voters to decide.

If approved, the one-quarter percent sales tax could raise up to $600,000 annually for the County.

The State General Assembly granted counties the authority to levy, subject to voter approval, an additional one-quarter cent (1/4¢) county sales and use tax.

Since the legislature granted counties authority to seek voter approval, many counties have placed the referendum on a local ballot. Items exempt from the sales tax include groceries, prescription medication, gasoline, certain agricultural supplies and motor vehicles, to name a few.

The Commissioners approved putting the question on the ballot because they described the sales tax as equitable and shared by everyone who lives in the County as well as people passing through or visiting who make purchases locally.

It also would bring an additional revenue source to the County, one that would not be funded by property owners alone.