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Elected Leaders Talk About Tax Reform

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 5:03 AM

The Hancock County Commissioners sat down Monday with elected leaders in the state house to discuss some of Governor John Kasich's budget proposals. The Courier reports the commissioners relayed their concerns about how the county sales tax would be affected to Representative Robert Sprague and State Senator Cliff Hite. Under the governor's proposal the state sales tax would be decreased, but it would be applied to more things; a move which is worrying many in the service industry.

The commissioners also talked about plans to consolidate waste districts. The state is proposing tieing many districts together, a move that worries the commissioners. Hancock County has poured money into the landfill and has about 30 years of debt on the construction. The trade off is that the county has "flow control," which means all trash generated in Hancock County goes to the landfill and becomes a source of revenue for the county. If the waste districts are consolidated the revenue can't be guaranteed.

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