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Sales tax to raise an estimated $8 million for Clay County children in 2018

February 2, 2018 – A measure passed by Clay County voters August 2017 went into effect on Jan. 1, as Clay County citizens see an increase of 1/4 cent sales tax, pursuant to RSMo 67.1775, known as the Clay County Children’s Services Fund. These monies are expected to generate approximately $8 million annually within Clay County. These funds will be used to provide necessary resources and support services for at-risk children and youth 19 and younger, and their families.

Such services will include services such as counseling, family support and temporary residential services. In addition, funds can address challenges in the area such as teen deaths, high school drop-out rates, runaways, and juvenile delinquency.

The measure passed by an extremely narrow margin of only 61 votes, making Clay County the tenth county in Missouri to pass the initiative.

Per the statutes set forth by the state, the funds generated from the quarter-cent sales tax increase must remain within the county. The dissemination of those funds are determined by a nine-member citizen board, which was appointed by the county commissioners.

The citizen board for Clay County, as well as their term expirations, are as follows:

Edward O’Herin – 12/31/2020
Robert Mark Franseen – 12/31/2020
Clinton Newton – 12/31/2020
Kenneth Milton Honeck – 12/31/2019
Allen E. Dillingham – 12/31/2019
Deb Hermann – 12/31/2018
Bruce Culley – 12/31/2018
John Michael McGovern – 12/31/2018

Decisions will be based on funding requests made from nonprofit agencies supporting Clay County youth.



By Samantha Kilgore •

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