Lincoln County officials hope to extend penny sales tax for five years

A penny sales tax approved in 1999 is up for extension on Tuesday. At more than $200,000 in revenue per month, one county commissioner said the tax is essential to maintaining roads, bridges and other county property.
Modified: February 8, 2013 at 11:39 pm •  Published: February 10, 2013

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 $120,000).

Money beyond capped amounts would go to the county courthouse improvement fund, Taylor said.

There were about 34,273 people living in Lincoln County in 2010, according to U.S. Census figures.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Zeke Campfield, Staff Writer