Montgomery County sales tax increase goes into effect Monday

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Sales tax is going up in Montgomery County.

A .025 percent increase goes into effect Monday.

The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners in June voted unanimously to raise the sales tax.

Commissioners say the increase will generate an additional $19.1 million in annual revenue for the county.

According to county officials, the county has cut 500 employees and lowered its budget by $31 million over the past 10 years. Those cuts came as the state reduced the amount of funding the county can receive, according to county officials.

The new revenue will provide resources to four groups: the community, people, criminal justice and government infrastructure, according to the county.

Officials say arts and culture, bail reform, government building improvements and preschool programs will benefit directly from the revenue generated by the increase.

Prior to Monday, Montgomery County sales tax totaled 7.25 percent, with 1 percent going to the county, 5.75 percent going to the state and 0.5 percent for the RTA, according to officials. The increase will raise that sales tax to 7.5 percent.

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