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Sales tax increase goes to Geneva Co. voters

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GENEVA CO., AL (WSFA) -

Geneva County residents will soon vote on a one percent sales tax increase. The issue comes before voters on the November ballot.

If the vote passes, leaders say the county would bring in some much needed revenue. The increase would go to rebuild roads and bridges in the county, plus allow for construction of a new jail. The current jail was built 47 years ago.

According to Sheriff Greg Ward, the facility is just barley up to par with today's standards. He says the county is constantly doing repairs and adjustments just to meet federal regulations.

When it comes to roads and bridges, county leaders say there is plenty that needs to be rebuilt. We're told due to dilapidation, school busses are unable to pass or drive over at least 13 bridges in the county. With a yes vote, leaders say they can change that.

Supporters claim if the county raises $3 million, the state will give it $12 million through the ATrip grants. If voters approve the tax increase, it will bring in $1.2 million per year.

Leaders say the county will issue a $10 million bond to get additional funding they need to begin the projects. It would take 15 years to pay it off the debt.

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