Madison County voters to weigh sales tax increase

HUNTSVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Madison County voters will get to decide whether to increase the sales tax by a penny to help fund the county jail and other needs.

KHOG-TV reports ( ) the county's quorum court voted Monday to put the tax increase on the November ballot.

The sheriff says if it doesn't pass the county will have to shut down its jail and pay $85 to $100 a day to send prisoners elsewhere.

The tax would be in effect for 12 years. If voters approve it, residents would pay an 11.5 percent sales tax in Huntsville. Patti Shinn of the Madison County Quorum Court says it would be unforgivable to not try the tax and let the courthouse crumble and the jail close.

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