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Knox County Voters Reject Sales Tax Increase for 911 Call Center

WGIL Newsroom . 2014 Primary, Local News 353

voteThere will not be a sales tax increase in Knox County that will help pay for more public safety needs.

Voters unofficially, and soundly, rejected a quarter-percent sales tax increase to pay for the county’s 911 system — a development that Sheriff David Clague told WGIL News tonight was “disappointing.”  Unofficially, Knox County voters cast 3,128 “no” votes, to 1,306 “yes” votes.

Clague says he’s not sure what will happen to the current 911 system, for which much-needed upgrades were being planned.  He says he’s not sure if the Knox County Board will want to try to put the question again to voters either in November, or some future point.  Clague blames the increasing use of cell phones for the defeat.  He says upgrades like being able to text message 911 and other things cannot happen now that the defeat has happened.

Other tax-related referendums in the region were mostly defeated Tuesday.  Voters in the Monmouth-Roseville School District rejected a property tax increase to help pad the district’s Education Fund.  A sales tax increase for public safety was also rejected in Henry County.  Voters in Fulton County, however, okayed a one-percent sales tax for school facilities – a measure similar to one Knox County voters passed two years ago.