Austin Cannon and Ian Richardson Des Moines Register Published 2:04 PM EST Mar 2, 2019 What would you be willing to raise your own taxes to pay for? That’s the question A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy posed to Des Moines residents last summer after voters shot down an effort to raise the sales tax in Polk County. What they heard: Better roads, extended library hours, more money to clean up neighborhoods. On Tuesday, voters in six Polk County cities — Alleman, Altoona, Des Moines, Pleasant Hill, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights — once again will consider raising the sales tax 1 cent. If approved, the sales tax will go from 6 cents to 7 cents on every dollar spent on taxable goods and services. That would put Des Moines and the other cities in line with the vast majority of the state. Ninety-seven percent of Iowa counties have a 1-cent local-option sales tax. The most recent to adopt the tax was Dallas County in 2017. Across the six cities, it could bring in an extra $48.4 million per year to cut down property taxes and fund city projects. Des Moines alone is expected to get $37 million annually from the increase, with half going to the types of projects identified by volunteers… Read full this story
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