MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Engineer Jim Henry and his team returned to the commissioners’ office Thursday with information regarding a possible sales tax. Last Thursday, the engineer appealed to the commissioners to approve a 0.5 percent sales tax issue for the November ballot, but the commissioners asked for more information.
Thursday, intern Clint Cochran, accompanied by Henry and assistant county engineer Larry Bechtel, reported back to the commissioners. The commissioners had asked if other counties have asked constituents for sales tax, and if so, what percent passed the issue. They also wondered if any had rolled back the taxes.
Cochran informed the commissioners that they appealed to all of Ohio’s 88 counties for feedback, and of those counties that replied, four had gone to their voters and garnered some sales tax. Delaware County received three-fourths of 0.5 percent, Logan County has a 0.5 percent sales tax, Union County has a 0.25 percent tax, and Shelby County has a 0.5 percent tax.
Cochran also presented the commissioners with a chart representing the cost to voters if a 0.5 percent passed. The county’s current sales tax is 6.5 percent and would increase to 7.0 percent if the issue passed.
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