E-911 Board to pursue additional sales tax

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Barry County E-911 Board met Tuesday night and voted to place a one-eighth of a cent sales tax on the November ballot. Currently, Barry County E-911 operates on a quarter cent sales tax, which will become a three-eighth of a cent sales tax if the ballot issue is approved.

Board members initially raised the possibility of pursuing an additional sales tax at the end of May when a public meeting was held to discuss the organization's financial woes.

A costly lawsuit over Monett's tax increment financing (TIF) and lagging sales tax revenue due to the recession have combined to place financial strain on Barry County E-911 operations. Board President Jon Horner said the board would have to file for bankruptcy if the financial situation did not change.

"We're going to need additional enhancement to our revenue moving forward," said Horner.

Members of the Barry County E-911 Board include: Horner, Richard Asbill, Leonard Witt, David Dalton, Harold Schelin, Mick Epperly and Mike Redshaw.

A more detailed story on Tuesday night's E-911 Board meeting and the upcoming sales tax proposal will be published online and in next week's Cassville Democrat.

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