The referendum would have asked voters to approve increasing the local option sales tax rate to 2.75% across the county (for a total sales tax of 9.75%, including the state’s 7% sales tax).
The chances for a referendum in August to equalize the local option sales tax to 2.75% countywide in Sullivan County weren’t looking good Friday morning.
Under Tennessee state law, the deadline to get a sales tax referendum on the August ballot is May 23.
Sullivan County voters could be asked to approve an increase in the sales tax rate countywide when they go to the polls in August. A resolution calling for such a referendum was introduced at the Sullivan County Commission on Thursday night.
The Sullivan County Commission could consider a resolution tonight that would put a sales tax increase to a countywide vote in August.