Warren County proposal to cut jobs and raise taxes to avoid deficit spending

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by Ray Preston / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 15 at 10:50 AM

(KMOV) -- Warren County may see deficit spending next fiscal year unless they increase taxes or cut costs, including possible job cuts at the sheriff’s department and 9-1-1 services.

The proposed tax increase could be on the November ballot. However, it may already be included in the 911 measure that voters passed in the early 90's and would then only need the commissioners to approve it. If that’s the case, commissioners would have public hearings before voting on the matter.

"It depends on what it's for,” said Warren County resident Jackie Orcino when asked about a possible tax hike. “Or how much it's going to be and what the impact is."

9-1-1 and the sheriff's department survive on sales tax revenues and with more people shopping on-line and outside of warren county, those revenues are down.

The three-member county commission is being asked for a half cent residential utility tax which would apply to electricity and metered water services, natural and propane gas, wood, coal, and home heating oil.

9-1-1 administrator Amy Ellard says the utility tax on average would cost about $30 for a typical home each year and it would cover both 9-1-1 and law enforcement.

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