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Marked Tree - Ron Smiley reports

Residents Want County Cuts Before Tax Hike

Posted 7:00 pm CDT 

 

           Marked Tree --Poinsett County will vote in two months on whether to increase their sales tax.  If passed, communities in the county could find themselves paying close to nine cents for every dollar spent.  The tax would go towards getting the county’s 911 center, sheriffs department, and county landfill out of the red.  But some residents say they are already being taxed too much.

 

            “I honestly think we are being taxed as far as we can go,” Ruby Boxley told K8 news.  The long time area teacher says she has kept on top of the issue.  “I haven’t heard of any cutting yet and in my day and time when the money ran out you began to cut your spending.”  Many agree including Crystal Jones.  “I just know they are sticking it to us,” she says.  “It is just hard to make ends meat and we just don’t need any more taxes.”

 

            While many are opposed to a hike in taxes, others say they are keeping an open mind.  James Montgomery who lives in Marked Tree says he is not in favor of cuts and trusts the local government will do the right thing with his money.  He adds, “Laying people off doesn’t do anyone any good.”  He says he would vote for the one cent tax as long as the government proves they will spend his money wisely and not waste it away. 

 

            If the September 21st vote does not pass Judge Doyle Hillis says the county will have no other choice but to increase mileage.  

 

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