We understand concerns about a sales tax and this is a challenging situation because we must provide a safe and secure courthouse for our residents (victims, jurors) and for those with accessibility issues. There are only two funding options for a project of this size (property tax or sales tax). When we met with residents in the first part of the year to get public feedback, the majority of residents said a quarter-cent sales tax was preferred over a property tax. The idea of an additional $2.50 per month increase in sales tax for someone buying $1,000 worth of groceries and other retail items was more acceptable than adding it to property taxes. This tax ends in 10 years.