Archive for Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Voters approve pair of sales taxes

November 4, 2009


— Voters approved a pair of Baldwin City sales tax questions during the only election in Douglas County on Tuesday.

The first question, to extend a 0.5 percent sales tax in place since 1991, passed 347-186, or about 67 percent to 33 percent. It is to be used on infrastructure projects. The second question was a new .25 percent sales tax to fund “quality of life” projects, such as hiking and biking trails, and the vote was much closer. It passed 290-243, or about 55 percent to 45 percent.

There were 533 voters who cast ballots out of 2,895 registered voters, a turnout of 18.41 percent.

Among the infrastructure projects the money will be used for is the city’s portion of a $3.5 million upgrade of North Sixth Street, which is County Road 1055. It is a joint project with Douglas County.


ronwell_dobbs 8 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, that makes lots of sense. Make sure you avoid the 7.55% sales tax so you pay in upwards of 7.85% elsewhere in Douglas County. That's really smart.

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 5 months ago

"The first question, to extend a 0.5 percent sales tax in place since 1991..."

Remember, temporary sales taxes never, ever go away. Once voters saddle themselves with higher taxes, they can count on carrying the burden forever.

Alexander Neighbors 8 years, 5 months ago

LOL you should have suggested an internet Sales Tax, a tax on items bought and sold online, you would have gotten way more money

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