Pulaski County to lobby Virginia General Assembly for cigarette tax funds

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PULASKI CO., Va. (WDBJ7) Pulaski County leaders hope the third time is the charm. The board of supervisors is asking the General Assembly for access to the taxes collected from cigarettes.

Currently that roughly 25 cent tax is levied in the county but the money goes to the state.

The board predicts there are about one million dollars in cigarette taxes collected in the county. If approved the county plans to use the money for schools.

"We have some older schools and we would probably apply that to capital projects. Some things that spring up that we realize we didn't necessarily plan for," said Anthony Akers, the assistant Pulaski County administrator.

Board members are lobbying the General Assembly to change protocol.

They've made the same proposal twice before but with no luck.