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Franklin County sales tax extension nears approval

Franklin County Manager Jim Feeley said he expects the state Legislature to extend its one percent sales tax increase for another two years.

The Senate voted late last month to allow the county keep its 4 percent sales tax, and Feely said "the extension is now working its way through the legislative process."

He said he expects the Assembly to approve the measure before its June 20 adjournment.

The state first gave the county permission to increase its tax rate from 3 to 4 percent in 2006. The county collects another 4 percent for the state, which brings its total sales tax to 8 percent.

That sales tax extension expires by the end of November, and without the extension the county would have to revert to a 3 percent sales tax.

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