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Franklin County Commissioners to vote on tax hike

Franklin County Commissioners today are expected to vote on a proposed tax increase. Commissioners are looking for ways to close a $55-million gap in the county budget.

Earlier this month, sales tax rates fell across the state by a half-penny on the dollar courtesy of state lawmakers. So, Franklin County's sales tax dropped to 6 and a quarter percent.

Now, commissioners are considering a local sales tax increase, back to the previous 6.75%.

If approved, the higher rate would mean 80 dollars in additional sales taxes on a $16,000 car.

Prior to today's expected vote, commissioners will conduct a final public hearing on both the proposed sales tax increase and a proposal to boost real estate transaction fees.

If commissioners approve a sales tax increase it could take effect as early as October 1st.