City ponders tax hike
Phil Banker, [email protected]
City Manager Chuck Ewings floated the idea of a possible sales tax hike during Monday’s city commission meeting.
The increase would bring the local sales tax from its current 7.75 percent rate to 8.25 percent, the highest allowable by state law.
The additional .5 percent tax would raise approximately $600,000 per year to fund road improvements in the city as well as $600,000 per year for public safety through a Crime Prevention/Control District.
“I’m always trying to take pressure off the general fund and off property values,” Ewings said. “One of the priorities of the commission is facilities, and this would possibly fund a police station and could probably fund jointly a police and fire station. That would free up space here in this building.”