Wednesday, June 20, 2012

2nd Reading for Washington County Commissioners
Washington County Commissioners will conduct a second reading and public hearing Thursday after unanimously approving the first reading of an ordinance to amend sections of the zoning code. They may permit farm animals in the agriculturally zoned areas of the city. They may also present their official stand on the upcoming sales tax increase referendum. The local rate of 2.5 percent would increase to the maximum of 2.75 percent raising the total sales tax rate to 9.75 which is the maximum allowed by state law. Originally commissioners agreed that the general fund increase would go for city educational needs like new construction, renovations, additions, maintenance and debt service at the commissionerís discretion. Debt service could have been exempted as a use giving the Johnson City Board of Education a louder voice in the decision making process concerning money to be spent. That idea failed in the last meeting. City Manager Pete Peterson explained how schools need to authorize the various repairs that arise and need money available in a maintenance fund. County Mayor Dan Eldridge believes that the City Commission should decide on how to spend their money and goes on to say that taxpayers are pleased that the money raised from the sales tax increase will go to education. The state collects all local sales tax proceeds then about half is returned to the city and county monthly. The county sometimes receives as much as 55-percent depending on the student head count. The balance goes back to where the tax revenue was originally generated which mean that the city gets more than the county. The state takes 7 percent of the sales tax rate. (bg)

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