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Montgomery County Commission Approves Sales Tax Hike

The Montgomery County commission Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a sales tax increase.

The quarter-percent rise was proposed earlier this year as part of a plan to address the county's previously forecast 2019 $9 million budget gap.

Boosting the sales tax is expected to generate an estimated $19.1 million in revenues, Cathy Petersen, the county's communications director, says.

It’s set to take effect in October.

County officials say the increase is needed to maintain government operations and prevent cuts to some programs. These included the Dayton Preschool Promise program.

The Dayton Daily News reports the sales tax hike would amount to around, "$36 more a year for every resident."