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Archive for Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Voters approve pair of sales taxes

November 4, 2009

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— 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.

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Alexander Neighbors 4 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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Boris 4 years, 5 months ago

This is the result of Baldwin City being taken over by the Larryville yuppies that have moved in.

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SettingTheRecordStraight 4 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.

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ronwell_dobbs 4 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.

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toe 4 years, 5 months ago

Avoid purchasing anything in Baldwin.

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