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March 19, 2014

Tax increase defeated

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Jere Shaw, a vocal opponent of the sales tax said, “I knew it (the referendum) would be defeated all along.”

Shaw said the “pay as you go” plan is the best option for the county to choose going forward.

White said courthouse renovations have been put on the back burner since 1983 due to county government dealing with jail issues.

“Absent any other revenue, this would be the option of last resort for any board, but the only area that would provide the money needed to undergo renovation for any system(s) failing. This is the only clear path I can see from where I sit to accomplish the needed renovation of the courthouse,” he stated earlier.

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