Drew County voters will consider Tuesday extending its one-cent sales tax currently earmarked exclusively for county roads.

This proposal, however, would allow the county, at the discretion of the Drew County Quorum Court, to utilize up to 25 percent of the sales tax revenue for other county needs, such as the rising cost of operating the Drew County Detention Center.“Continually rising costs, particularly in operation of the jail, has forced the county to consider either using up to 25 percent of the road tax for other purposes as needed — at the discretion of the quorum court — or raising the millage rate, which would hit property owners hard,” said Drew County Judge Robert Akin.

Even if the Quorum Court were to decide to use the entire 25 percent for other county purposes, the county road fund should not see a decrease in the present level of funding because of the additional revenue the county is projected to receive from the statewide highway sales tax approved by voters in November. Those state turnback funds can be used on county roads.

All the regular polling places will be open on election day, July 9.