Douglas County Board discusses cannabis sales tax

By Kendra Hennis 
DOUGLAS COUNTY- The Douglas County board begins discussing taxing cannabis sales in Douglas County. 

During the Douglas County board meeting Wednesday, October 16, Douglas County State’s Attorney Kate Watson presented to the board about legalized marijana and the impacts of it. In her presentation, Watson presented on the different strains of cannabis as well as different products that it can be used in, and different options that the board has. 

Watson stated, “What you as a County Board will have to decide on is, do we want cannabis sold in our community, where and how are we going to have it sold, where can people smoke cannabis, and if we allow it, how are we going to tax it.” 

The board will not decide on individual city legalization, only unincorporated areas. However, if cannabis is sold in Douglas County, the board can decide to add a county tax of 3.75 percent. There will also be a municipal area taxes of up to 3 percent, as well as the already existing state tax. This ordinance will need to be in place by June 1, 2020. 

The Douglas County Board opted to send this to personal legal and management subcommittee  for their recommendation.

In addition to this, the Douglas County Board also announced that the County Meeting Minutes and Sub Committee Reports are available on their website or in the County Clerk’s office. The board is unsure of why the sub committee reports were cut from their meetings in 2010, but will begin to include any additional Committee Chairmen comments in their meetings.

In other news, the Douglas County board welcomed Justin Price with the new Workplace Innovation and Opportunity Act office on 401 S Main in Tuscola. Price says the goal of the WIOA is “to help adult low-income, dislocated workers, and youth regain employment through a variety of services.” The services of the office include help with housing, mock interviews, resume help, CDL programs, computer classes, on-the-job training programs, and a variety of other resources and programs.

Price says the office is “a huge opportunity (for Tuscola)” since the closest office was previously in Effingham. 

Additionally, The Douglas County Board, with the help of Rotary International, signed and proclaimed October 24, 2019 as World Polio Day, and encourages all citizens to join Rotary for the fight for a polio-free world.

In  other buisness, the board:

* Appointed John Baird to Drainage District No. 11 of Arcola No. 85-L-7 for a three year term. 

* Approved resolution to 19-R-27 adopting the emergency operation plan of Douglas County. 

* Approved the regular board meeting minutes from the September 18 meeting. 

* Approved the payments of the county’s financial obligations. 

* Approved the reports and fees of county offices. 

* Approved the purchase of a new recording and vital records program from Fidlar Technologies. 

* Approved the intergovernmental agreement between Douglas County, Moultrie County, and the Village of Arthur for preliminary engineering services.

* Adjourned until 9 a.m. Wednesday, November 20.

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