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Vernon City Commissioners Vote Against Taking Sales Tax Revenue Away From BDC

Vernon's sales tax revenue will continue to fund the city's Business Development Corporation.
Vernon's sales tax revenue will continue to fund the city's Business Development Corporation.

Vernon City Commissioners met Tuesday evening to hear from residents regarding an option for a sales tax election which would let voters decide where the city's sales tax revenue goes.

The commission voted four to one against taking sales tax revenue away from the BDC to repair and maintain city streets. 

Commissioner Pat Bryant was the dissenting vote. 

Bryant says he is unhappy with the way the BDC has performed in the past and using the city's sales tax revenue to repair the city's infrastructure is crucial.

During the public hearing, an overwhelming amount of residents spoke in favor of keeping the BDC and it's funding through a half cent sales tax.

Vernon Mayor, Jeff Bearden says the BDC has had its fair share of successes, and failures like the Tangarie project.

But, he says residents and the commission are ready to move forward and help the City of Vernon continue to grow. 

Mayor Bearden says, "The BDC board recently has taken a new strategy in which they want to concentrate more on working with local property owners and building owners to develop local property for smaller businesses."

He says the new focus on shopping locally will help boost sales tax revenue which in the end will benefit the City of Vernon as a whole.
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