Callaway Tax Makes Cents
Voters in Callaway County gave commissioners an extra $1.6 million to spend each year and some residents say this sales tax passed out of necessity.
"Nobody likes higher taxes, but we do need the improvements it will pay for," said Kathryn Wade, Fulton resident.
But improvements will still be down the road.
"This is not a windfall for us. Does not allow us to do a lot of future growth needs. What this allowed us to do was to meet maintenance needs, to continue to provide the level of services that we've been providing in Callaway County," said Doc Kritzer, Callaway County Commissioner.
The county wants to use the money it does have available to focus on public safety, exactly the reason Wade thinks the tax passed.
"Everyone likes to be safe. It just doesn't come cheap," said Wade.
There's more good news for the county. The Department of Revenue has agreed to extend the county's deadline to repay taxes it mistakenly received in 2006. But with new revenue delayed until 2008, times are tough for now.
"We still have all of 2007 to get through," said Kritzer.
The county is also planning to repave some roads that didn't make it into recent budgets.