Monroe Council Raises County Tax to Fund Youth Shelter

Monroe County residents will give up another one-one-hundredth of a percent of their paychecks as part of a Juvenile County Option Income Tax increase.

Monroe County residents’ pay checks will soon be a few dollars shorter following a one-one hundredth of a percent Juvenile County Option Income Tax increase.

The tax hike, which the County Council passed earlier this week, would bring in about $225,000. That’s based on last year’s COIT number.

County Commissioner Mark Stoops said that money will pay for two juvenile probation officers, who otherwise would have lost their positions, and a family preservation officer, all of whom will be housed in the youth shelter.

Stoops said he sees this as a transitional step toward establishing a juvenile treatment facility in the county.

“We have our shelter and it serves a good purpose,” Stoops said. “But a treatment facility would also include secure beds, focused on services and programming for kids’ real treatment.”

Stoops said he thinks the county will be eligible for new grants if the shelter hires additional probation officers. He said he hopes tax increase will help fund a comprehensive treatment facility in the future.

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