Gallatin County Sheriff Shannon Bradley said Tuesday that if the Gallatin County Public Safety Tax referendum does not pass then Gallatin would have to cut a deputy from the department.
"If it does pass we will simply maintain the status quo. It would alleviate a lot of stress on the county,” Bradley said.
Mark York, member of the Gallatin County Board said Monday that the referendum on the April 9 election ballot was an attempt to "maintain the level of emergency services the county has without raising the property tax."
It is a 1 percent sales tax on goods sold within the county. Saline County voters approved such a tax years ago to offset costs of operating the sheriff’s office from the county’s general fund. Saline County voters in November of 2011 also approved a 1 percent sales tax for money to go toward school construction, maintenance or for paying off bonds for past construction or maintenance. The rationale has been that all who shop in the county share in the tax rather than property taxpayers shouldering all the burden.
"The county and the municipalities will share the tax," York said.
A committee has hit the streets explaining the need for a Gallatin tax and campaigning for voters to get on board.
"We have put out fliers, signs and we have speakers going to clubs, city councils, the American Legion and women's clubs," York said.
"Most people who understand it are in favor of it.”
It will be decided by referendum on the April 9 election ballot in Gallatin County.
York said a good turnout is expected.
The referendum reads, "Gallatin County Public Safety Tax — To pay for public safety, shall Gallatin County be authorized to impose an increase on its share of local sales taxes by One Percent?"
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