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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Lincoln County voters to decide whether to renew penny sales tax

  • Lincoln County voters will decide Tuesday whether or not to renew the county’s one-cent sales tax for another five years to continue funding for the county, including road and bridge improvements, fire departments and the jail.
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    Lincoln County voters will decide Tuesday whether or not to renew the county’s one-cent sales tax for another five years to continue funding for the county, including road and bridge improvements, fire departments and the jail.
    The current tax expires in December 2013, so if the renewal passes Tuesday, the new five-year term for the tax would begin Jan. 1, 2014.
    The one-cent sales tax allocations are similar to the current tax in place, with allocations of the each penny slated for the following:
    • 60 percent to county road and bridge improvements
    • 13 percent to the Lincoln County jail
    • 6 percent to the Lincoln County Extension Center, capped at $120,000 yearly
    • 6 percent to senior citizen nutrition sites
    • 8.5 percent to Lincoln County Fire Departments
    • 2 percent to the Lincoln County Free Fair
    • 2.5 percent to economic development
    • 2 percent to emergency management and Lincoln County Safety Office, capped at $25,000 yearly
    Any funds collected over the yearly caps for the Lincoln County Extension Center and the Lincoln County Safety Office will be placed in a courthouse improvement fund, according
    Voters in Lincoln County also will decided school board races in several districts.
    Polls in Lincoln County are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
     
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