Washington County officials seek sales tax increase for radio system
Sales tax proposal to appear on March 3 primary election ballot
By Tom Sissom
FAYETTEVILLE -- Washington County's justices of the peace on Thursday agreed to ask voters to approve a quarter-percent sales tax increase for a new $8.5 million emergency communications system.
The Quorum Court approved placing the sales tax proposal on the ballot for the March 3 primary election. Officials have estimated a quarter-percent sales tax will raise about $10 million in a year's time. The proposal includes a "sunset" clause providing the tax would be collected until the money needed for the project is collected and then discontinued.
The county has had a committee of emergency responders studying how best to replace the 15-year-old system in use. John Luther, emergency services director, said the equipment should be replaced before the system suffers a catastrophic failure. READ MORE.