Last night, Howard County Commissioners held a town hall meeting / special meeting to discuss “Proposition A”, which is the possible authorization to create the Howard County Assistance District which would implement a two percent increase in sales tax on all goods sold outside of the unincorporated areas of the county.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Jimmie Long encouraged eligible voters - living outside of the city limits of Big Spring, Coahoma, and Forsan - to approve “Proposition A” because over time the revenue produced by it would be used to help offset property taxes, and possibly lower them. It is estimated that within one year the Howard County Assistance District could bring in approximately $2.2 million. Commissioner Long advised that, normally, it would take 9 and half years to raise that kind of money for the county.
The funds raised from the sales tax increase can be used for road construction, law enforcement in the county area, volunteer fire department, support the Howard County Library, or any other service that helps improve the quality of life in Howard County.
For more information, check out the live stream from last night on our KBest Media Facebook page.
(Photo: "Proposition A" as listed on this year's ballot for eligible voters.)