Council to consider JC Fire Department sales tax

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The City Council is set to consider the Fire Department improvement plan Monday, which includes a potential switch from a property to a sales tax on the August ballot.

The proposed ordinance would mean a 17 percent reduction to city property taxes as it would eliminate the 9.61-cent contribution to the Fireman’s Pension Fund. The one-fourth cent proposed sales tax would sunset in 15 years, something City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus called “bad policy.”

“I’m 100 percent against the sunset,” Nickolaus said at the Public Safety Committee meeting Thursday after a council member expressed concern about having a sunset on the proposed tax.

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