MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Commissioners are still waiting and watching what happens at the statehouse before voting to implement a 1/2 percent sales tax increase to start Jan. 1, 2018.

One of the factors is a Senate vote to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto of a plan to eliminate a Medicaid Managed Care Organization fee that provides about $486,000 per year to the county. The legislature would require the state to ask for an increased waiver, but the governor argues that the higher waiver the state would ask for has never been granted and asking could endanger the existing amount the state receives.

To implement a sales tax increase at the beginning of the year will require a vote by the commissioners by Oct. 25, so they have time to wait and see what happens to clarify the county’s financial future.

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Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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