If the sales tax bill does not pass you can expect two things:
1. The property tax will be raised.
If you want tourists and visitors to help foot the bill vote for the sales tax. The property tax will rise this year how much depends on the sales tax passing. There will be increased taxes this year, homeowners will foot the bill if the sales tax fails.
2. Massive public closures.
Beyond property tax raises the county will make the cuts in the most visible ways possible. It is becoming more and more obvious that the three library branches (not the main branch), the museum, and all the parks - especially Airlie are going to bear the brunt of closures and layoffs. They will make the closures as publicly seen and felt as they can.
County employees are already furloughing 80 hours a year or giving up ~4% of their salary. There are no possible raise considerations and personal time accrual is down to roughly 5 days a year. They're stretched thing, doing more work with less people already. The only thing more that can be done to cut costs is to eliminate services and the county has said it will be the ones the public feels most of all.
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