Commissioners continue to answer questions about ballot measure

The Ozark County Commissioners will hold a final community information meeting to discuss the proposed internet “use tax” this Thursday, March 28. The meeting will be held in the conference room on the second floor of the Ozark County Courthouse in Gainesville. Presiding Commissioner Terry Newton said he will be there from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to answer questions about the proposed measure on the April 2 ballot.

“We’ll be here if people want to come by, and we’ll try to answer any questions they have, and we’ll give them the info that we got,” said Newton. “The door is open. Just walk in, and we’ll answer their questions. We’re not trying to hide or anything.…We’re trying to be as up front about it as we can.

“It’s like I said Thursday at the Lion’s Club, in this world, where we live, this part of the country, tax is a four letter word. It’s one of the worst ones you can think of…That’s not what this is. It’s like I said from the beginning, it will not affect everybody in the county but it will aid everybody in the county. That’s the whole thing. If you don’t buy off the internet you’re never going to notice it.

“We’re just trying to let people know, that’s all we can do,” said Newton. “It’s like I told them last week, I’m not asking you how you vote, I don’t want to know how you vote, it’s none of my business how you vote, and I’m not going to try to change your mind. All I want you to do is have the same information we have and you make an educated decision on what is in the best interest of Ozark County. That’s all I can ask you to do.”

The local use tax only applies to purchases from online vendors and businesses and is not the same thing as the sales tax that is currently paid, says a flyer being passed out at the community information meetings. Purchases cannot fall into both groups and cannot be taxed twice.

“We’re not voting in a tax,” said Ozark County resident Tim Meal. “It’s just going to let us collect the money that the state already collects and give it to Ozark County instead of the state keeping it. We’re not voting in a tax, we’re voting to collect the money that’s already being paid on taxes from the state.”

“It’s not going to magically appear on your [receipts],” added Ozark County Clerk Brian Wise. “It’s not just going to be broad sweeping.”

Current county sales tax is 2% said Newton. “So if you spend $1,000 a year on Amazon it may cost you $20. It may not even cost you that much, but it won’t cost you more, and chances are it won’t cost you that much.”


Bids accepted

The commissioners also opened bids to outfit the two Tahoes recently purchased by the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department

The winning bid  from Comsec of West Plains for detailing the 2020 Tahoe was $11,990 and for the 2018 Tahoe, which will serve as the K9 unit, was $11,407.

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