CHANDLER — Lincoln County voters overwhelmingly extended a penny sales tax Tuesday that elected officials said was essential to keeping the county in good order.
The tax — up for renewal for the first time since it was approved 15 years ago — was approved 1,341 to 304.
District 2 Commissioner Ricky Taylor said the tax has been generating about $205,700 each month and has meant paved roads, sturdy bridges and safe culverts in all three county districts.
It will now be on the books for at least another five years.
Sixty percent of the revenue generated off the tax will be allocated to county road and bridge projects — about $40,000 per month for each of the three districts, Taylor said.
The rest is broken down between the county jail (13 percent, for maintenance and operations), county fire departments (8.5 percent, for equipment), the county extension center (6 percent, capped at $120,000), senior citizen nutrition sites (6 percent, to stay open), economic development (2.5 percent, to attract or retain jobs) and county emergency management and safety (2 percent, capped at $25,000).
Money beyond capped amounts will go to the county courthouse improvement fund, Taylor said.