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LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones is asking for the public to support a one cent sales tax in order to hire at least ten more deputies.

Sometime within the next year, the County Commission will set a date for Lee County voters to decide if they want to increase sales tax from seven to eight percent in the unincorporated areas of Lee County. 

If approved, the penny tax will be split in two. Half will go to the Sheriff's Office, and the other half will be devoted to improving recreation opportunities for Lee County families. 

"If we had the additional funding, it would be used directly to put deputies on the road, and more deputies on the streets and in our schools," Sheriff Jones said.   

Sheriff Jones says the tax increase could raise $500,000 for ten new deputy salaries. His goal is to have all 14 Lee County Schools protected by an armed deputy. These deputies will also facilitate drug aversion programs, and be individuals for students to turn to if they are in trouble.

A similar one cent sales tax increase has failed twice before in the county, but Sheriff Jones believes the wording was confusing. He says he wants to be transparent about the issue and convince the public that the funding will be used wisely and for their benefit. 

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