CHOICES, sales tax referendum meetings Tues.

Published: Monday, January 31, 2011 at 3:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 31, 2011 at 3:05 p.m.

County government will hold meetings Tuesday on the future of the CHOICES health services program and a potential 2012 sales tax referendum for infrastructure.

The CHOICES meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. County commissioners will discuss how the program will operate with the funding source, a 1/4-cent sales tax, expiring at the end of 2011.

Options include enrollment caps, no funding for additional outside agencies and reductions in benefits. Staff's recommendation is to end the program at the end of 2013, just as the majority of the federal health care overhaul would take effect should it survive legal challenges and repeal attempts.

At 6 p.m., there will be a town hall-style meeting on the possibility of a sales tax referendum in 2012. County officials' talks have focused on a half-cent or one-cent tax to fund road resurfacing projects.

Both meetings are on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 12 S.E. First St.

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