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Stark County Ohio Starts Local Sales Tax

Stark County Ohio has been “…the only county in Ohio without a sales tax to fund central government operations.” Now, County leadership has determined it is in their best interests to impose a local level sales tax.  And the voters agreed. “[V]oters approved hiking Stark County’s sales tax by 0.50 percent,” according to local news service, CantonRep.com.

April 1, 2012, Stark County’s total sales and use tax rate will be 6.25 percent. Of the current 5.75 percent rate, 5.5 percent belongs to the state, and 0.25 percent goes to the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA), so none of the previous sales tax was delivered to Stark County to help support its operations. Now, “County budget officials have projected the sales tax will generate roughly $11 million this year and $22 million annually until the eight-year tax expires.”

Stark isn’t the only county to impose a new local sales tax. Earlier this year, Lake County approved adding a 0.5 percent sales tax in their county.

Stark County’s new revenue will be put to use helping the criminal justice operations regain their previous level of standard for service. “[S]ince the sales tax passed in November, the sheriff’s office has hired six deputies and two dispatchers. Two more deputies are expected to start April 12…. [T]he department plans to hire 25 more employees this year, including more deputies, dispatchers, corrections officers and clerks.”

At 6.25 percent, Stark County will still be the lowest sales tax in Ohio. The only other county with that rate is Lake County, but with its approved increase, its rate will be 6.75 percent on April 1.

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Susan McLain
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Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”