MOUNT VERNON — The current sales tax rate in Knox County is 6.5 percent, which comes out to $1.63 on a $25 purchase.
Knox County Engineer Jim Henry would like to see a 0.50 percent increase in the sales tax for the purpose of raising funds for maintenance and repair of the 400 miles of roads in the county road system. With the sales tax increase, Henry said, the consumer would see only a 12 cent increase on a $25 taxable purchase.
The engineer’s annual budget is $4,921,000. Henry said road repairs and maintenance for 2011 were $830,000 for paving, and an additional $650,000 was made available for purchase of salt, gravel and patching material.
“In all,” he told the News, “we spent $1,080,000 on road resurfacing of some form or another. We have budgeted, for 2013, $924,700 for road paving and have $580,000 appropriated for materials, some of which would be for patching.”
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