County Votes to Push Tax Proposal to Special Election


On Tuesday night, the Benton County Quorum Court voted to push a sales tax proposal to a special election next year.

The proposal calls for a 1/8 cent sales tax for four and a half years.

The money generated would go towards the new county court facility that will be built in the coming years.

County Judge Barry Moehring said it needed to happen, but not everyone agrees.

“We’ve been debating and discussing this issue for months, even years, and now this is the culmination of all that work on what I feel is a really needed facility,” said Judge Moehring.

“We’re getting pretty close to 10 percent, and some places you get municipalities that are also raising theirs, we’re gonna be over 10 percent, and the government is asking for more than God does,” said concerned community member Michael Kalagias.

The quorum court approved both the tax itself and the special election when community members will vote on it. That special election will be next March.

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