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December 27, 2013

County seeks revenue stream

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"What we're voting for is a Public Safety Sales Tax to address problems at the courthouse. Whether it's doing it with a $7.62 million bond, whether it's paying $3 million of the costs up front and then financing the rest, whether we look at alternative financing, I don't know," White continued. "We can't even begin to tackle the discussion or that issue absent a revenue stream."

White added, "At the end of the day, if we don't address it now at some point in time it will have to be addressed, not by our or a future board's choosing. Where do they get the money from? The last opportunity is your Public Safety Tax money."

White reported at the meeting the Board in 2009 extended the payment on the newest jail bonds for an additional 10 years. The current sales tax is set to expire in 2024 and the last bond payment to be made in 2034.

"Plumbing, electrical, leaks, you've got to start somewhere," said Vice Chairman Don Rector. "I'm not going to run again but someone is going to be in my place. If we don't take care of it, it won't get done. It's just a start. We've heard people say 'let's put to the voters.' I say let's put it to the voters; if they want it, fine. If they don't, we'll do something else."

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