By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Voters in Appanoose County will go to the polls Nov. 8 and decide if the 1 percent Local Option Sales and Services Tax should be extended.
Depending on where you live in Appanoose County, if LOSST is extended, it has a different beginning and end.
For Unionville and Cincinnati residents the LOSST extension begins July 1, 2012. For Centerville, Udell and unincorporated area residents the LOSST extension begins July 1, 2013.
For Udell and Unionville residents, LOSST remains in effect until it is repealed by election. For Centerville residents LOSST is automatically repealed, without election, on June 30, 2023. For unincorporated area residents LOSST remains in effect for 10 years and sunsets on June 30, 2023.
In Udell and Unionville, LOSST revenue will be used for any lawful purpose. In the unincorporated areas of Appanoose County, 60 percent of LOSST will go to the rural services fund for property tax relief, 20 percent will go to the secondary road fund for mowing, brush cutting and ditching and 20 percent will go to infrastructure for economic development and may be used as matching funds for grants.
In Cincinnati, LOSST revenue will go to community development, public improvements, recreation and culture, health and safety, special events and any other lawful purpose.
In Centerville, 35 percent of LOSST revenue will go to city infrastructure improvements, 35 percent to reduce the monthly sewer charge, 20 percent for construction of a new swimming pool or renovation of the existing pool, and park and playground improvements, 5 percent for fire department equipment and 5 percent for economic development.