Dayton Uses Optional Funds for Equipment, Social Services

Equipment, including equipment for the town's fire/rescue department, the community center, parks and recreation, social services and beautification are the recipients of funds from Dayton's share of the optional 1 percent sales tax.

Mayor Norm Anderson said the town's received about $290,000 in the four years since Sheridan County voters approved the tax in 2014. Anderson said the tax has been a big benefit for the town.

According to Mike Nickel, chairman of the Sheridan County commissioners board, the optional sales tax has been in effect in Sheridan County since the 1970s. The tax, which comes up for renewal every four years, was most recently approved by voters again in 2014 and will go before voters again in the general elections this year.

Anderson said Dayton has frequently used the sales tax funds as local match to leverage grants over the years. He said the tax funds are really necessary to the town, and loss of those revenues would take a big bite out of Dayton's budget.

Anderson said Dayton uses a portion of the optional sales tax revenues to help fund senior citizens services, the advocacy center, the dog and cat shelter, the chamber of commerce, Tongue River Child's Place, juvenile justice and the Sheridan County Conservation District, among others.

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