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County officials, citizens group coalesce on 911 tax

Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 3:30 pm

By Ethan Colbert

The Pike County Commission and the leaders of the Concerned Citizens for Pike County 911 organization reached a tentative agreement on Thursday morning, potentially ending the likelihood that Pike County voters would see two rival 911 sales tax questions on the ballot in August.
According to previous reporting by the Bowling Green Times, both of the potential sales tax ballot measures would ask voters to fund a centralized 911 dispatch center that would be governed by an independently-elected seven-member board of directors.
The sales tax question previously proposed by the Pike County Commission, which was based on the original recommendation of the Pike County 911 Advisory Panel, would ask voters to create a new 5/8 of one per cent sales tax. With the creation of this new tax, the county’s current landline tax would be phased out.
This sales tax was estimated to generate slightly more than $1,062,000.
Meanwhile, the sales tax question proposed by the Concerned Citizens for Pike County 911 sought voter approval for a 9/16 of one per cent sales tax. This tax is estimated to generate $956,250.
The Concerned Citizens for Pike County 911 has been circulating a petition in support of their version of the potential sales tax.

Concerned Citizen for Pike County 911 co-founder Andy Young, pictured on left, discusses the proposed ballot language for Prop. 911 with Eastern District Commissioner Justin Sheppard during Thursday’s meeting of the Pike County Commission. Also pictured are Presiding Commissioner Chris Gamm and Western District Commissioner Bill Allen.

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