Plan for courthouse/jail revisited
A year ago, two out of three voters rejected a tax referendum that would generate funds to build a new courthouse and jail.
Graham County commissioners, convinced that many voters thought the referendum was a property tax increase, recently voted to again put the referendum on the General Election ballot.
Twelve months from now, voters get another chance to vote for a local sales/use tax of one-fourth of a penny. Here’s how it would work: a tourist purchasing a pair of $4 sunglasses would be charged one-fourth of a penny on each dollar, a total tax of 1 cent. That one cent will go toward a new courthouse and jail.
Commissioners say the referendum is the best solution, a sensible alternative to a property tax increase.
“Without it, we’re in trouble,” Graham County Commissioner Dale Wiggins recently told members of the board he sits on.
The one-fourth cent sales tax will raise approximately $225,000 for Graham County per year. Much of the tax will come from visitors. Funds raised by the referendum will be used to construct a new jail and/or justice center.