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Region 8 Voters to Decide Tax Increases

Tony Crawford says a tax increase in Kennett will attract industries to the area. (KAIT/D.Westerhold) Tony Crawford says a tax increase in Kennett will attract industries to the area. (KAIT/D.Westerhold)

April 7, 2003
Posted at: 6:30 p.m. CST

KENNETT, Mo. -- For most of Region 8, Tuesday means just one week left until tax-day, April 15. For residents in at least two comunities, however, they'll be deciding whether to vote for or against a sales tax increase.

If things go according to the plans of Kennett city leaders, there will soon be an expansion of the current industrial park thanks to the increase.

Industrial Committee Chairman Tony Crawford says Kennett not only wants to attract industries, but also the jobs which come with them. Currently, about 10 percent of Kennett residents are currenntly unemployed. That is a much higher rate than the rest of Missouri.

"We're hoping this will reduce these numbers," Crawford said.

Meanwhile, in Gosnell, for the first time, city leaders are asking residents to pay a few more cents at the cash register for every dollar they spend. Gosnell residents currently don't pay any sales tax. If the proposition passes. They soon be paying one and a half percent.

Mayor Dick Reams justifies the ballott issue by saying: "Do it everywhere else, why not here."

Reams thinks voter turn out will be light, since early voting numbers were low. However, both the Mayor and Tony Crawford are optimistic because of the positive feed back from voters.

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