City to discuss sales tax reauthorization


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

When Garden City voters got to the polls on April 2, they could be asked to reauthorize for another 10 years a half-cent sales tax that has been used to pay for transportation improvements and property tax stabilization.

On Tuesday, the Garden City commission will discuss whether to put the sales tax extension ordinance on the ballot this spring. Without an extension, the city’s sales tax is set to expire in October 2015.

The April 2 city election is the last regular election the issue can be put on the ballot without incurring additional expense. A decision now also gives the commission time to discuss options before dealing with the 2015 budget in the summer of 2014.

Voters authorized the tax initially in 1994 to address road repair and maintenance, then reauthorized the tax in 2005 for another 10 years to help reduce the city mill levy in addition to financing transportation improvements. This April’s election would be the last time to put a reauthorization on the ballot without a special election before adopting the 2015 budget.

In 2012, the half-cent sales tax generated $2.75 million, the property tax equivalent in 2013 of 16.97 mills.

The city commission will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the commission meeting room on the second floor of the City Administration Center, 301 N. Eighth St. Other items on the agenda include an ordinance establishing a Rural Housing Incentive District for a housing development located near Anderson and Mac streets, which includes six residential lots with three single-family homes and three duplex multi-family structures containing six total units; quarterly reports from officials with Downtown Vision and Finney County Economic Development Corp.discussion of the cart fleet at Buffalo Dunes golf course; and the planning and community development department’s annual report.

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