Monett area residents are invited to mark their calendars for Thursday, Oct. 20. On that date at 6:30 p.m., the Barry County Commission will hold an informational meeting at the Monett Park Casino.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the county's current financial condition and present information pertaining to the proposed county sales tax that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Last month, Barry County commissioners Cherry Warren, Frank Washburn and Wayne Hendrix voted to place a 3/16th of a cent sales tax on the Nov. 8 ballot. If approved by voters, the revenue from the additional sales tax will be used by the county for law enforcement. The sales tax will come with a five-year sunset agreement.
Currently, Barry County operates on a one-half of a cent sales tax and fees generated by county offices. The county does not have a levy on real estate or personal property. The proposed 3/16th of a cent sales tax is expected to generate around $600,000 in additional revenue for the county.
Barry County Prosecuting Attorney Johnnie Cox and Sheriff Mick Epperly are scheduled to make presentations during the Oct. 20 meeting. County commissioners and other county office holders will also be in attendance to answer questions.
The meeting is open to the public, and all interested community members are encouraged to attend.