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By Dan Reed 

The County Beat: Raiding sales tax funds isn't sustainable


June 28, 2019

More than four years ago, then county highway engineer Mike Tardy sold a half-percent sales tax levy to upgrade county roads (those identified by a number above 100). He said that extra revenue was needed for major repairs, sometimes a complete overhaul, of these roadways that had little chance of being fixed otherwise.

Since the sales tax passed, the record of county road work has been amazing and has widespread support. I have heard the comment often: “We can see the results of the tax we are paying.”

These projects come from a dedicated list and the work is not expected to be complet...

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