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Amy Chaffins | Echo Press A 4.3 mile section of County Road 4 is one of several roads proposed for reconstruction if the board approves a .5 percent Local Option Sales Tax increase. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

A fix for county roads: sales tax

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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will consider a local option sales tax to fund county road improvement projects totaling about $35 million.

If approved, sales tax countywide would increase by 0.5 percent and generate about $3.5 million per year for 10 years.

The process was set in motion last week when Douglas County Public Works Director Dave Robley met with commissioners and scheduled a public hearing for April 1.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz. Away from work, Amy and Brandon spend time bass fishing and keeping tabs on their charismatic dog, Cash, who has been known to jump out of the boat to “retrieve” the bass lures.
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