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Tom Zebarth: Where are those county tax dollars?

Tom Zebarth, Summit County

I see by a recent article (May 21 SDN, County budget: Revenue could decrease $4.6 million in 2012) that the county is setting us up for a tax hike request again this year. Mentioned in the article is the note that the county does not collect its portion of the sales taxes from the incorporated parts of Summit County (meaning the towns). Maybe it’s time to explain to our recent locals why that is. As I understand it, at one time the towns were in pretty bad shape financially and the county commissioners at the time decided to let them keep not only their portion of the collected sales taxes but also the county’s portion, to encourage development of the towns. I don’t believe they intended it to be a permanent arrangement, but I believe the towns have gotten very fat off the deal, and have no intention of ending it on their own. So my question to the current county commissioners: The towns are just fine financially, so isn’t it about time the county took back its portion of sales taxes from all sales in the county?


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