Local Use Tax to Appear on April Ballot

| January 16, 2013
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The Marshall City Council met in special session Tuesday night to approve an April ballot issue.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to City Administrator Connie Latimer:

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According to Latimer, the local use tax would provide additional revenue for the region.  “This is the same tax that the county passed in November,”said Latimer,” Now that both the county and state have it, we can take advantage of it, as well.  The big thing is the tax on out-of-state vehicle purchases, based on the numbers that the county had, could generate $40,000 to $50,000 a year for us plus whatever we might get off of internet sales.”

Officials stress that not everyone will feel the impact of the proposed use tax.  “It’s just like anything else,” said Latimer,” If you don’t purchase $2,000 worth of goods over the internet then it won’t cost you anything.  This isn’t something everyone pays.  It will apply only to the people who make those purchases.”

The administrator said this could be the exact boost that the city needs right now.  “It’s one of those things where we get to the state where we have to do something or we may be forced to cut services,” said Latimer,” We are all so used to our creature comforts and the services that the city provides.  We just need a little help and hopefully this can provide that.”

The issue will need simple majority to pass in April.

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