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Revenue from sales tax increase to be used for Tuscola improvements

By Christian Collins, Reporter/Weekend Producer, ccollins@ktxs.com
Published On: May 14 2014 09:07:38 PM CDT
Updated On: May 15 2014 08:24:08 AM CDT
TUSCOLA, Texas -

Two propositions were passed Saturday in Tuscola. The decision will raise the town's current sales tax from 7.5 percent to the more common 8.25 percent seen in Abilene and most of Texas.

The extra revenue received will go towards town improvements.

The first proposition that was approved will be used to create a crime control and prevention district. This will  include hiring a city ordinance officer.

There are some areas in town that have extra litter and debris in the yard, and there's a leash law and pet ordinance in town, so we would like to see that enforced," resident Crystal Callahan said.

The second proposition will establish a Municipal Development District, which  will include beautification and economic development projects.

Some local businessmen stressed their concern that the tax increase will hurt their businesses.

Dale Martin, mayor of Tuscola, said the new plan is laying down the ground work for the town's future and possibilities.