The sales tax that was put in place a little over a decade ago to help with the construction of a four-lane U.S. 36 comes to an end at the end of the month.

In a press release, Marion County Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode reports that the half-cent sales tax that was imposed in the counties of the Highway 36 Transportation Development District will come to an end July 31st.

The tax took effect in Marion, Shelby, Monroe and Macon counties in 2006.

It was set to expire after 15 years, but Bode says a good economy enabled the tax to cover the district’s $36-million dollar share of the finishing of the four-lane Highway 36 in less than 12 years.