The countywide half-cent sales tax which Livingston County voters approved in April will start being collected beginning Oct. 1.

 The countywide half-cent sales tax which Livingston County voters approved in April will start being collected beginning Oct. 1. The tax is expected to generate slightly more than $1 million in additional revenue each year to support county funding of jail expenses, county roads, 911 emergency management, facility maintenance and reserves. The tax had passed with 64 voter approval and had support of current and former county commissioners. According to County Clerk Sherry Parks, the Missouri Department of Revenue planned to mail notices of the sales tax change to merchants who pay sales tax by the end of next week. Once the increased sales tax goes into effect, the overall sales tax to be paid on purchases in Chillicothe will be 7.725 percent. Missouri’s sales tax accounts 4.225 percent; Livingston County’s sales tax will account for 1.25 percent; and Chillicothe’s sales tax will account for 2.25 percent. With the additional half-cent, the sales tax in Livingston County will be equal to the lowest of the surrounding counties. Caldwell County has a sales tax rate of 2.5 percent. The rate is 2.0 in Linn County, 2.0 in Daviess County, 1.875 in Chariton County, 1.5 in Grundy County, and 1.25 in Carroll County. Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas stated that this additional revenue will keep the county from having to make dramatic cuts, something he said that would likely have to happen had the sales tax increase not passed.