The City Council decided Monday to forego voter approval and amended the current ordinance to take half of the 1 percent sales tax to reduce the city’s share of special assessments and extend the tax until 2018. The intent to lower taxes is good, but we question the means to achieve it.
City and county leaders face a tight timeline if they want to get a half-cent sales tax for flood protection on the June ballot.
The deadline to submit a proposal is April 9, giving city leaders less than two weeks to decide.
By Heidi Shaffer, Forum Communications Co.
, March 27, 2010
Steal, rob, abscond, grand theft, money grab … words that Jamestown/ Stutsman Development Corp. Board member Dick Geigle, speaking on behalf of the JSDC, used to deride Mayor Clarice Liechty and three Jamestown City Council members in The Jamestown Sun and on a radio interview regarding their decision to utilize half of the 1 percent city sales tax for city infrastructure.
The Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp. Board of Directors voted at a special meeting Monday morning to change the wording of a proposal to define the city’s future responsibility for infrastructure related to economic development.
“It’s my feeling that we should strive to do what we can, to do the best for the community,” said Jim Boyd, JSDC president.
Last week, The Jamestown Sun asked readers of its Web site the question “How do you feel about the Jamestown City Council extending the 1 percent sales tax without a public vote?” Here are the results of the unscientific survey:
Voters in the north-central North Dakota town of Granville have approved a 2 percent city sales tax.
The city auditor’s office said the measure passed with 27 votes in favor and three against.
It will take effect July 1. The money will be used to fund infrastructure, economic development and the city park.
In what could only be called a paradox, the City Council’s Public Works Committee Thursday dealt with flood-related issues along with complaints that the river is too low.
To deal with the aftereffects of spring flooding on city infrastructure, the committee decided to hold a special meeting next week to discuss using a half of the 1 percent sales tax for repairs. Councilman Pat Nygaard said he wanted ample time for discussion.
I am writing in regard to the proposed use of economic development sales tax for infrastructure needs. I would like to express my concern with the recommendation prior to the Public Works Committee making a recommendation on the matter at its Aug. 27 meeting at City Hall.
The voters of Jamestown passed the ordinance for a 1 percent sales and use tax dedicated to economic and jobs development.
It is a good question if we should continue with the full 1 percent going to jobs and economic development. We should however, ask the question before we give the answer.
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