Voters Approve Sales Tax For Courthouse

Voters Approve Sales Tax For Courthouse

By Mike Scott

Clark County voters overwhelmingly approved a one-half cent sales tax to fund the construction of a new courthouse to replace the current, nearly 140 year old building.  Exactly 1500 registered voters turned out in the special election, favoring the new tax by a 912-588 margin. ?The overall voter turnout was 27.43 percent.
In Kahoka, the vote was 633-333 in favor, while in Luray in was 42-40 against.   Revere voters also voted against the tax by a 68-55 margin.  In Wayland, voters approved 88-83, and in Wyaconda it carried by a 57-46 margin.  Absentee voters also favored the project, voting 39-16 in favor.
“We’re very pleased with the outcome,” said Clark County Clerk LeihAnn Hayden.
The project faces its next hurdle in the April 6 election, when voters will be asked to approve a bond issue to finance the project. The bond issue, in essence, will give the county the approval to accept the $4 million dollars in low-interest stimulus loans it has been offered for the project.  
The sales tax, which was approved by the voters last week, will go into effect in July.  Money collected from that sales tax will repay the loans.