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Paris, Tenn. Voters Approve Local Option Sales Tax

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Update: The Henry County Election Commission has updated the final tally for the local option sales tax vote. The referendum still passes by a margin of 1,365 for the tax and 449 against. 

The local sales tax option will increase the rate by half a cent starting this summer.

Residents currently pay a seven percent statewide tax along with the existing 2.25 percent local rate.

The new 2.75 percent rate takes effect July 1.

Last month, City Manager Carl Holdersaid the jump could raise roughly $640,000.

The Paris City Commissioners have unanimously pledged to repeal a recent eight percent property tax hike if today's sales tax were approved. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Voters in Paris, Tenn. will head to the polls Tuesday to vote on a half-cent local option sales tax referendum.

City commissioners have pledged to repeal a new property tax if the local option sales tax is approved.

We will update this post with more information later Tuesday.

John Null is the host and creator of Left of the Dial. From 2013-2016, he also served as a reporter in the WKMS newsroom.
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