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By Steven Spencer
The Jersey County Board is asking voters to consider a public safety sales tax that would go toward maintaining the courthouse, sheriff’s department, the government building and all other buildings and grounds owned by the county.
Over the last few years the county has been looking at necessary repairs and the .05% sales tax would help with current and future repairs according to a release issued by the county.
“The past six years, we have worked on identifying repairs needed before they become a major issue,” the release states. “After interviewing companies, we partnered with a company who assessed our buildings at no cost. They identified projects totaling 10 million dollars. We reduced the projects to the most important ones at a cost of 3.2 million dollars. We sold bonds to that amount, and are making payments with interest of the money in savings accounts. Our intent was to work on the additional projects over the next several years, however more emergency projects have arisen. The entrance to the courthouse has started to sag and the elevator has failed inspection just to mention a couple.”
The board has decided to include the question of the sales tax on the next ballot for voter consideration, and will be holding a meeting to answer any questions from the public on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the government building. The sales tax would be paid not only by Jersey residents but anyone who spends money within the county. Fuel, farm equipment, qualifying foods, drugs and medical appliances would be exempt from the tax.