Sales Tax Generates $2 Million Plus for County

County Commission Chairman Mike Nickel. (Photo by Pat Blair)
County Commission Chairman Mike Nickel. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Over the last four years, the one percent sales tax has generated about $2.5 million that's gone directly to Sheridan County.

That's according to Mike Nickel, chairman of the board of county commissioners, who said those funds have been used for a variety of purposes.

He said the revenues have been used to upgrade county equipment and county facilities. The sales tax, which amounts to one cent of every $1 in sales in Sheridan County, is up for renewal in the general elections in November this year.

Revenues collected from the tax are divided among the county and the three municipalities, Sheridan, Ranchester, Dayton and Clearmont. Nickel said he believes the key issue in the continued renewal of the tax is transparency.

But Sheridan County commissioners, he said, have opted to continue bringing the question of renewing the tax back to the county's voters every four years. He said loss of the sales tax would definitely be an impact not only to the county but to the nonprofit organizations that, through the years, have received a share of the optional tax funds.

He said the tax was implemented in the 1970s and has been strongly supported by county residents. Nickel by using the tax revenues to leverage state and federal grants, the county has been able to do projects that cost significantly more than the county could afford on its own.

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Nickel, at left, in a commissioners meeting last year. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Nickel, at left, in a commissioners meeting last year. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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