Sales tax passages
Our View Editorial
We saw democracy in action Tuesday and we liked what we saw.
A majority of Baldwin City voters said yes to a pair of sales tax questions. Both questions passed by wide enough margins to say without a doubt that the city has spoken. The first question, on renewing a half-cent sales tax that’s been in place since 1991, passed 66-33 percent. The second question, on a new quarter-cent sales tax to be used for “quality of life” projects was closer, but still 55 percent said yes, while 44 percent said no.
With 20 percent of the registered voters casting ballots, that’s about as good as can be expected for a special election. Those 533 voters were more than the 381 who voted in the city’s last special election regarding Sunday sales of liquor in 2005.
We’re pleased with what the voters decided, too. By continuing the half-cent tax, which raises $180,000 per year and will be used for a never-ending list of infrastructure projects, those projects won’t have to be funded by property tax. Same holds true for the quarter-cent tax, which will be used for additional projects that wouldn’t have made the list.
The voters said they’d rather have the thousands of people — 30,000 alone for the Maple Leaf Festival — who come to town help pay for improvements here. That only makes sense, especially for a city that has the highest mill levy in the county.
It’s not spreading the wealth, it’s spreading the debt. Good choice.
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