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Voters Largely Reject Tax Increase Proposals

WGIL Newsroom . 2014 Primary, Local News 239

If a tax increase of any sort was on the ballot in yesterday’s primary election, it more than likely was rejected.

Voters in Knox County said “no” to a quarter-percent sales tax increase for public safety purposes by about a three-to-one margin. The proceeds would have helped pay for the 911 system in the county according to Sheriff David Clague — he says the system desperately needs upgrades. As it stands now, Clague says he doesn’t know if the 911 system will continue to operate as-is.

Clague tells WGIL he thought a sales tax increase was a much more equitable way to fund 911 needs in the county — funding that just isn’t coming in now.

“This is, by far, the fairest way,” Clague said.  “If you expend $100, only 25 cents was going to go toward this — versus, say, an increase in property tax or something of that nature, where it does affect a group of individuals.”

The Emergency Telephone Systems Board will meet later this week to try and plot a new course of action. Clague says he doesn’t know if the Knox County Board would consider putting a referendum back on the November election ballot asking again.

Voters in the Monmouth-Roseville School District rejected a property tax levy increase last night that would have been used to help fend off continued state budget cuts and help eliminate a six-figure budget deficit.

Henry County voters rejected a sales tax increase that would have paid for repairs at the Henry County Jail and upgrades at the Henry County Courthouse.