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Jamestown seeking sales-tax increase

Jamestown seeking sales-tax increase

March 27th, 2019 in Local News

Jamestown residents will vote again on a proposed 1-cent sales tax increase on the April 2 ballot.

A similar issue failed at the polls in November.

Mayor Dayna Coonce said a new wastewater treatment plant will increase current sewer rates for the city, and the proposed sales tax increase would offset the new expenses for the treatment system.

"We have no clue how much money it will generate, but the money we generate we hope to use to offset the sewer rate," Coonce said.

The city sought a sales-tax increase on the November ballot, but it failed by four votes. After the election, many residents said they were unsure how the tax was going to be used. The city sent out notices about the tax increase proposal with water bills.

When the November tax hike failed, the city opted to seek a sales tax increase in April.

A majority vote is needed to pass the tax increase.