City of Henderson holding special election for sales tax referendum

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CHESTER COUNTY, Tenn. — The city of Henderson is holding a special election for a sales tax referendum. Early voting began Friday and continues through the 17th. City leaders say either way the vote goes, residents are going to see more money in their pockets. “There’s going to be a reduction in taxes for city residents,” Henderson Mayor Bobby King said. “You just choose which one you want.” King said those who oppose the the referendum will see the current city-wide sales tax drop from 2.75 percent to 2.25 percent. “For every $10,000 you spend on retail sales, you’ll get a reduction of $50,” King said. Those who vote for the initiative will see a drop in property taxes and the school system will benefit. King said property taxes will drop about 12 percent and the school system could get $180,000. Some early voters said they voted against the referendum because not everyone is a property owner. “It’s an equal way for everybody to pay instead of just a landowner or homeowner,” Henderson resident Larry Baker said. “This way everybody pays and everybody benefits.” Henderson-Chester County Chamber of Commerce President Jason Bramblett said keeping the current half-cent sales tax could have long-term effects on building business for the city. “I think by having a lower property tax or by lowering our property tax, that’s just another incentive to bring people to Henderson,” he said. Election day is Jan. 22.

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