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Sales tax hike coming to small stretch of I-10

December 4, 2018

Businesses, and the customers who frequent them, along a small section of Interstate 10 near Smith Road will soon have to pay an extra 1 percent sales and use tax.

Voters signed off on the tax hike last month when they approved the creation of an assistance district in their area. Only residents of the affected district were eligible to vote. The measure passed 7 to 4.

Jefferson County commissioners on Monday unanimously approved the change, which is expected to take effect April 1. County Judge Jeff Branick was absent.

The county plans to use money collected by the assistance district for construction, maintenance or improvement of roads, highways, bridges and drainage facilities, according to a memo from Commissioner Everette Alfred.

State law also allows counties to create districts to provide of law enforcement and detention services, maintain library facilities and benefit public health and welfare, among other purposes.

Businesses in the area include I-10 Equipment, Sun Travel RV and Love’s Travel Stop.

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