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City takes half of 1 percent sales tax for infrastructure

In a special meeting Tuesday, the City Council voted 4-1 to take half of the city's 1 percent sales tax for infrastructure improvements and extended the tax out to 2022.

The resolution taking the funds focuses what is now about $1 million on reducing city-wide special assessments on infrastructure, including street work as well as sanitary and storm sewer systems. The funds will start going into city coffers March 1.

Also included in the resolution is the extension of the sales tax for 12 years. The sales tax, which has been used exclusively for economic development, would have come up for renewal in 2012 as it has every seven years. With the City Council's vote, it will not go to the voters or be renewed again by the council until 2022.

Councilman Ken Schulz, who was the lone vote against the resolution, argued the petition encouraging the council to take half of the sales tax specified it was to be used for sewer improvements.

Read more in Wednesday's Sun