Sales tax for roads should take effect on July 1

The new sales tax increase appears to be headed to voter approval in Aberdeen and should take effect on July 1, according to Aberdeen Finance Director Kathryn Skolrood.

Voters in Aberdeen overwhelmingly approved a sales tax of 0.13 percent increase Tuesday night with 61.6 percent of the vote.

Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson gave plenty of credit to council members and the public at large for campaigning hard for the tax increases, which will benefit city roads. Signs were created stating, “Vote yes. Pennies for pavement.”

The next ballot count is on Friday. The election is certified on Feb. 26.