Officials vote to implement new tax, avoid state takeover

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (AP) – Officials in a financially troubled northern Kentucky county have approved a new tax on workers in an effort to avoid having the state take over its finances.

The Kentucky Enquirer (http://cin.ci/2maTlmE) reports Grant County officials voted 3-1 Thursday to implement a 2 percent wage tax on workers in the rural community. The newspaper reports that the county risked running out of money by June 1 without the tax.

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Before the vote, some residents voiced opposition to the plan and vented criticism about how the county’s finances have been handled.

Coffee shop owner Bren Murphy told county officials that she’d prefer the state take over.

Judge-Executive Steve Wood told The Enquirer after the meeting that he’s been open about the situation and there’s a large base of support for the wage tax.
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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com

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