Sales tax explained

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Ken Cieslinski, second from left, South Barry County Ambulance District board chairman, answers a question about the proposed half-percent sales tax from one of six people in the audience at a March 23 public meeting in the Cassville Branch Library. Other board members, from left, include: Lisa Prewitt, representing Exeter and Washburn; Rod Gilreath, representing Golden; Tom Rees, representing Shell Knob; and Gary Luppen, representing Cassville and Butterfield. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Ken Cieslinski, second from left, South Barry County Ambulance District board chairman, answers a question about the proposed half-percent sales tax from one of six people in the audience at a March 23 public meeting in the Cassville Branch Library.

Tom Rees, South Barry County Ambulance District board member representing Shell Knob, says the current contract with CoxHealth is $95,400 per year, which the district pays in quarterly installments by funds it receives from property tax. With the current property tax, the district ended 2014 with total revenues of $227,419, and expenses totaled $273,140. The proposed half-percent sales tax would completely replace the district's property tax. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Ken Cieslinski, South Barry County Ambulance District board chairman, explains the proposed a half-percent sales tax at a public meeting in the Cassville Branch Library. The sales tax is a ballot measure in Tuesday's election. Jason Johnston reporter@cassville-democrat.com
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