Johnson County voters consider first sales tax increase in fifty years

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Johnson County residents will vote on the first local option sales tax increase in fifty years, according to county officials. 

Director of Accounting and Budgets Russell Robinson said in an interview Thursday that voters will decide if the current sales tax rate of 8.5 percent will be raised to 9 percent. 

Robinson said, even with this increase, Johnson County will still have one of the lowest sales tax rates in the state of Tennessee. 

He emphasized this small increase could make a big difference, estimating it will generate between 300 and 500 thousand dollars in additional revenue annually.

He said this will be used to fund operations and upgrades to various departments. 

Robinson said bolstering revenue by raising the sales tax will allow the county to harness funds from the estimated 30 thousand people who pass through the area any given year. 

He said this is one way to make sure the burden doesn’t fall exclusively on the shoulders of property owners in the form of a property tax increase.

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