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Commissioners send sales tax hike question to voters

Monday, April 26, 2010

Voting 15-3 Monday, county commissioners are passing a hot potato to voters who are to decide whether to increase the local option sales tax, or not.

The question going to voters is whether the sales tax rate in Marshall County should go up by half a penny. Commissioners said it's not a referendum, but rather a ratification of the commission vote.

The 15-3 vote to adopt the resolution to raise the sales tax revealed Commissioners Billy Spivey, Scottie Poarch and Seth Warf voting no.

Voting yes were Commissioners Phil Willis, Wilford "Spider" Wentzel, Larry McKnight, Richard Medley, Dean Delk, Neill, E.W. Hill, Bowden, Jimmy Stitt, Tony Williams, King, Jimmy Wolaver, Don Ledford, Tony White and Reynelle Peacock Smith.

Consumers pay a total of 9-1/4 cents in sales taxes for every dollar spent in Marshall County. All but 2-1/4 cents on the current rate goes to the state. The 2.25 percent local option sales tax is capped at 2.75 percent.

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How about this! Raise no taxes. Cut expenses instead. No matter how "fair" some think it may be, it's disgraceful to even ask to raise them. Those that claim it's "more fair" are free to make donations to the county on their behalf at any time, but they aren't doing so. They want to donate my money instead. Furthermore, I don't buy the bit that it will impact property tax at all. It's just another way to grab more money. Now, Commissioners, you have heard from someone that doesn't want you to raise sales tax. Voters, look at those that are wanting this tax hike. Remember them in August.

It's being billed as a choice between Sales vs. Property tax. HOGWASH! If miraculously it passed, it wouldn't go into effect until after property tax rates have been set for this year anyway. Save it guys! We ain't buyin' it! Don't waste our money on a referendum!

-- Posted by SR on Fri, Apr 23, 2010, at 7:44 AM

Cut Expenses? Are we even allowed to talk about that being an option?

Our Officials probably just forgot!

-- Posted by CommonCentz on Fri, Apr 23, 2010, at 5:49 PM

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