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County sales tax referendum information on website

— The Highlands County Board of County Commissioners has assembled information on its website, www .hcbcc.net, for those who have questions about the county’s proposed extension of its 1 cent local sales tax.

Highlands County voters will decide whether to approve extending the sales tax in a ballot referendum during the Aug. 26 primary election. The 1 cent infrastructure sales tax pays for county infrastructure needs.

“To help educate citizens on the issue, staff has placed various resources on the Highlands County website under ‘Quick Links,’” the county stated in a news release.

Those interested can view or download a brochure, find frequently asked questions and a “Report to the Citizens” and also request a staff member to speak before a group on this issue.

The local government infrastructure sales tax was approved by voters in August 1989 and initially levied for 15 years. In 1999, voters approved a 15-year extension of the tax to 2019.

In June, the Board of County Commissioners approved seeking voter permission to extend the tax for another 15 years.