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Franklin Co. Commissioners Vote to Raise Sales Tax
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Commissioners have voted to raise sales tax in Franklin County, making the new rate the second-highest in the state.
Franklin County consumers will see the sales tax rise to 7.5 percent in 2014, which will cost an average family of four an extra $57 per year, though half the increase is scheduled to expire in five years.
County commissioners voted unanimously to raise the tax Tuesday, after deciding the current economic climate left them no other choice.
"We've been saying several years, 'Let's do more with less,' and we did that," Commissioner Marilyn Brown said. "We're at the point where we are in jeopardy.
Commissioners blame a reduction in state money, as well as the recent recession, for the upcoming tax hike.
"We're growing, and sometimes when you're growing you have greater needs," Commissioner Paula Brooks said.
Upcoming building projects that will benefit from the increased rate include a new jail and morgue.
Board President John O'Grady believes that, even with the tax hike, Franklin County residents are getting a bargain.
"We're consistently lower than our peer counties across the country," he said.