The Barry County Commission will hold informational meetings in Purdy and Cassville during the next two weeks. Information will be presented on the county's current financial condition and a sales tax that will be decided by voters on Nov. 8.
An informational meeting will be held at the Purdy Community Building on Thursday, Oct. 27. The commission will also hold a meeting at the Cassville High School commons area on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Both meetings will begin at 7 p.m.
On Nov. 8, Barry County voters will decide a 3/16th of a cent sales tax that the commission voted to place on the ballot in August. If approved by voters, the revenue from the additional sales tax will support county law enforcement. The sales tax will come with a five-year sunset agreement.
Barry County operates on a one-half of a cent sales tax and fees generated by county offices. The county does not have a levy on real estate or personal property.
According to a press release issued by the commission, county expenses, which include fuel for patrol cars and food and medical care for inmates, have increased as sales tax revenue has declined for the past three years.
The county is also facing costs associated with two murder trials. The county expects to be charged approximately $100,000 in change of venue costs for each trial.
Barry County Prosecuting Attorney Johnnie Cox and Sheriff Mick Epperly will offer presentations during the upcoming informational meetings. Members of the county commission and other office holders will also be in attendance.
All local community members are invited to attend the meetings, which are open to the public.