TONTITOWN – The city can take on water and sewer projects after voters on Tuesday approved an extension of the city’s 1% sales tax by a ratio of nearly 5 to 1.
The tax proceeds would go, in part, to refinancing the city’s debt, expanding and improving the city’s water and sewer systems and paying for a new fire station, according to the report. the measure of the ballot.
The city’s current sales tax will expire when bonds issued in 1999 are redeemed, according to the website and the city’s mayor.
The sewage and water improvements would benefit different parts of the city, not just one part, Mayor Paul Colvin Jr. previously said. The water improvements in particular would help the city as a whole by preventing water damage. Home insurance rates for all residents to increase, he said.
The eastern and western ends of the city are served by 18-inch-wide water pipes providing a lot of pressure to the hydrants, but much of the development between the two is tied to 8-inch lines, a he declared. These need to be replaced and much of the rest of the water system needs to be repaired, he said.
The water and sewer systems both need to be expanded to support the city’s growth, he said.
The special ballot contained five questions.
The first measure had to get the approval of one of the other four to go into effect, according to the city ordinance calling for the election.
The first measure was to extend the sales tax. Total, but unofficial, election results show that 252 (85%) supported the issue while 46 (15%) opposed it.
The second-round question would allow the city to refinance its remaining $ 3.4 million bond debt. The total, but unofficial, election results show 255 (86%) for the question and 42 (14%) against.
The third measure would allow the city to issue up to $ 4.3 million in bonds to improve the water system. Total, but unofficial, election results show that 254 (85%) supported the issue while 43 (15%) opposed it.
The fourth question on the ballot would authorize the issuance of a maximum of $ 4,425,000 in bonds for the improvement of the sewer system. Total, but unofficial, election results show 255 (86%) for the measure and 41 (14%) opposed it.
The fifth question on the ballot would allow the city to issue up to $ 5.3 million for a new fire hall. Total, but unofficial, election results show that 248 (84%) supported the issue while 49 (16%) opposed it. The 2-acre site for the fire station near the city park has already been purchased, Colvin said.
A total of 298 voters voted for a participation rate of 9%, according to information provided by the electoral commission.