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MOUNT VERNON — Sales tax in Knox County will increase to 7.15 percent, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
The Knox County Commissioners voted to increase the sales tax by four-tenths of a percent Thursday. It is one-tenth of a percent less than they would have liked, but a change at the state level has made it possible only to increase sales tax by increments of tenths of a percent, rather than quarters of a percent, Commissioner Thom Collier said.
Collier called it a “another left-hook from the state.” The first was the elimination of the Medicaid Managed Care Organization Sales Tax (MCO), which will cost the county around $486,000 in revenue annually.