Last updated: August 04. 2014 2:24PM - 370 Views
By April Jaynes ajaynes@civitasmedia.com

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GALLIPOLIS —After two public hearings, the Gallia County Commissioners approved a resolution Monday to continue the 911 sales tax levy, which will be placed on the ballet in November.

Approved was the continuation of a 0.25 percent sales tax levy to fund the operation of the county’s 911 system. The 911 sales tax levy must be placed on the ballet for voters every five years, said County Administrator Karen Sprague.

The first public hearing for the levy took place Aug. 1, and the second took place Monday morning at the Gallia County Courthouse in Room 1292. No comments or objections were given at these times, according to the special meeting minutes.

Vice President Brent Saunders called upon the adoption of the resolution, and Commissioner Harold Montgomery voted in approval. County Commissioner President David K. Smith was not present at the special meetings.

Gallia County 911 Director and EMA Director Sherry Daines initially presented the levy resolution to commissioners and, following approval, took it to the board of elections to be placed on the ballot for Nov. 4.

If the levy is passed, the 0.25 percent sales tax will provide continuing revenue for the county’s 911 system, beginning April 1, 2015, for a period of five years.

Additionally, the commissioners, in coordination with the Gallia County Emergency Management Agency and Gallia County Local Emergency Planning Committee, are preparing to launch a new emergency notification system.

The new mass notification system will be powered by Everbridge and will allow the county’s emergency officials to send messages to residents about situations as they happen across multiple devices, including home phones, iPhones or Android devices, email, etc.

Dianes said officials are in the beginning stages of organizing and implementing the new notification system and that residents should be able to sign up for the service later this year.

Also on the ballot this fall is the senior citizens real estate tax levy, Sprague said.

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