Leaders Discuss Local Options Sales Tax
(Le Mars) -- The renewal of the Local Option Sales Tax was the topic of discussion last evening when civic leaders from the Plymouth County municipalities met with members of the County Board of Supervisors. The group discussed the one percent sales tax and whether a vote should be conducted in early August to continue the tax. Half of the county, including the communities of Kingsley, Merrill, and Hinton originally approved the vote without a sunset clause back in 1998, while other communities such as Akron, Remsen, and Le Mars did not approve the Local Option Sales Tax until 2001, with an expiration of December of 2016. The meeting was organized to discuss the future of the tax, and in particular, with Le Mars wanting to pledge current and future funds for the Floyd Valley Hospital expansion project.
County Supervisor Jack Guenthner coordinated the meeting and explains why the city of Le Mars would like to see an early vote before the current tax expires.
Because some of communities passed the original Local Options Sales Tax without a sunset clause, Guenthner says not everyone in the county will need to vote in August on the measure.
The county supervisor says the civic and county leaders basically came to one general consensus.
In addition to assist in the funding of the hospital expansion, the supervisors have stated they wish to devote some of the Local Option Sales Tax funds for road and bridge repair, so property owners would not see an increase in their tax levy.
Le Mars mayor Dick Kirchoff attended the meeting. He was pleased to see all the communities
A special election is scheduled for August 6. But is that enough time to drum up the necessary support for the continuation of the Local Options Sales Tax?
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