By Jeremy Culver, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
MARION COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) -
The Marion County Commission kicks off a series of public hearings Monday night to inform residents about a proposition on the April 8th ballot.
Proposition R is a quarter cent sales tax increase that would go toward various county road improvements. Presiding Commission Lyndon Bode of Marion County says the commission looked at several different funding options.
"I tell you we looked at everything, property taxes and different issues," Bode said. "We felt strongly on the sales tax because it's across the board, county wide. Also, people traveling in we will get tourist trades. So, revenue will come from all over. It's a good even tax and it's a good low amount."
The quarter cent sales tax increase means for every 4 dollars in taxable merchandise, a person would pay an additional cent for county road improvements. Local residents seem in favor of the tax.
"As long as it goes to what they say it will go to, for road improvements, I have no objections. So many times they tell us something will go one way and it goes another," Joann Stover said.
"Well I just think it's a good deal because if you're going to be running the county roads, then you got to be able to travel over them and I don't think river rock is the way to go," Monte Kite said.
Proposition R would switch 390 miles of river rock roads to white rock, fund a regular schedule to resurface 70 miles of county blacktops, and fund numerous special road improvement projects.
In early discussion with the community, Bode says the he's actually surprised the item with the most support is changing county roads from river rock to white rock. He says most complaints have been that river rock are sharp and cause flat tires. He says white rock will alleviate some of that concern.
Bode says over the course of a year, the tax could raise 900 thousand dollars for the county. He says all the money raise would only go to road improvements.
The list of meetings are as follows:
Monday, March 10 at the Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center 6:30 p.m.
Monday, March 17 at the Philadelphia Community Center 6:30 p.m.
Monday, March 24 at the Palmyra Courthouse 6:30 p.m.
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