Jones Co. Voters Say No To Sales Tax To Benefit Sheriff's Department

Jones County voters decided against a referendum Tuesday that would have given 1/4 of a cent sales tax to their sheriff's office to supplement the county budget.

It could have meant up to $75,000 of money that would go to Jones County. Commissioners had already voted for all that money to go to the sheriff's office. Legally, the ballot can not say where the money goes because it could always be redirected. Some Jones County residents we talked with said they were unclear about the tax, and just thought it was less money in their pocket.

"These people in Jones County don't have a lot of money because most of them are farmers, and I don't think they should have raised their taxes," said Gloria Collins who voted against the tax.

"Tell them to come down to Maysville and walk around. See how many drug dealers they can't catch because they don't have the manpower to do it," said Harry Fulton who voted for the tax.

It will be at least 90 days until commissioners can ask to get the tax on the next ballot.

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