Resolution to raise sales tax by a penny approved unanimously

The Augusta Commission's Administrative Services committee voted unanimously today to approve a resolution regarding the enactment of an eighth-penny Municipal Option Sales Tax, or MOST.

The resolution will go before the full commission on Dec. 1.

If approved, it would ask the city's legislative delegation to pave the way for a MOST in Augusta, which would raise the city's sales tax from 7 to 8 percent. The issue would then go before voters in a July referendum.

The new tax would generate an estimated $30 to $35 million per year for the city, aiding the sheriff's office, the fire department, the marshal's office, the 911 center, Augusta Public Transit and the Richmond County Prison, among other things.

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