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Pittsburg's Sin Tax Policy Changes

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A Pittsburg liquor tax could soon benefit more drug and treatment programs across the city.

The tax generates around $50,000 annually.

The Crawford County Health Department receives a majority of the funds, the Pittsburg State Substance Abuse Program receives about $3,000 each year.

City commissioners would like to see more groups benefit from the revenue, and so have appointed the City Manger Daron Hall to create a committee, and revamp the application.

Stacey Hauch is the clinical director at a women's facility located in Pittsburg, for women who struggle with addiction.

The Crawford County Health Department supports the facility, with the sin tax.

"You know statistics show long term treatment provides the most positive outcome as far as people being able to maintain sobriety," said Hauch.

Long term treatment, comes at a cost says Hauch. Losing any funds would hurt the level of care she provides.

"To send someone out that doesn't have their basic needs met and expect they can recover from a cunning baffling powerful disease is sometime unrealistic," said Hauch.

The city says they want to make sure they are not missing anybody that could also benefit from the funds.
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