Commissioners propose county assistance district with sales tax election
San Jacinto News- Times - June 2008
COLDSPRING – San Jacinto County Commissioners’ Court approved a motion Monday declaring their intent to create a county assistance district and order an election to approve an additional one-half percent sales tax to fund the district. The one-half cent sales tax would include all local sales taxes within the county that does not exceed 2 percent, according to San Jacinto County Judge Fritz Faulkner. If passed by voters within the boundaries of the proposed county assistance district, commissioners’ court would be the governing body of the district. Money generated through the passage of the one-half percent sales tax would fund the district, which funds important public services, projects and programs within the county, Faulkner said.
Commissioners will meet August 12 to order the election which will be on the November 4 General Election ballot if approved by the court. County residents eligible to vote within the district will be asked to vote for or against, “authorizing the creation of the San Jacinto County Assistance District and the imposition of a sales and use tax at the rate of one-half of one percent for the purpose of fi nancing the operations of the district.” San Jacinto County currently has a one-half percent sales tax; the City of Shepherd has a 1.50 percent sales tax; the City of Coldspring has a onepercent sales tax and the City of Point Blank has a one-percent sales tax.
The State of Texas has a 6.25 percent sales tax. The total combined sales tax rate cannot exceed 8.25 percent, according to the Texas Comptroller’s offi ce. The proposed district must use the sales tax revenues to perform: • Construction, maintenance or improvement of roads or highways; • The provision of law enforcement and detention services; • The maintenance or improvement of libraries, museums, parks or other recreational facilities; • The provision of services that benefi t the public welfare, including the provision of fi refi ghting and fi re prevention services; or the promotion of economic development and tourism.