NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Tuscarawas County's one percent sales tax sailed to an easy renewal at the May primary on Tuesday, May 2.
With 100 percent of the vote counted, the tax received 2,507 votes, or 70.64 percent in favor, to 1,042 votes, or 29.36 percent against, according to unofficial totals.
The tax will run for 10 years.
"We appreciate those who have supported the sales tax and the confidence they have given the commissioners," said Commissioner Chris Abbuhl.
"I'm not surprised by the results, but very appreciative," he said. "Those who went out and did their homework understand the importance of the sales tax to the county. I just appreciate the confidence they had in us."
He noted that a recent financial health indicator from the State Auditor's Office showed that Tuscarawas County is doing a good job financially. He added, "We think we've been frugal with tax dollars. We will continue to do the best to continue to use those dollars wisely."
With the sales tax renewed for another 10 years, commissioners can now look forward to the future, he said, adding that they face big challenges, including upgrading the county 911 system.
"There are always projects on the horizon, but we are up to the challenge," Abbuhl said.
The sales tax provided $13 million in 2016, or 57.2 percent of the county's general fund budget. Money generated is used to operate more than 50 county departments, including the sheriff's office and the court system.
During the past five years, sales tax collections have set records, attributed to the tourism industry and the oil and gas industry.