City sales tax approved by voters

With the strong winter storm that plummeted Killdeer’s roads with ice, sleet and snow Monday, turnout for the city sales tax vote was uncertain.

Clara Goetz of Killdeer submits her ballot for the city sales tax vote March 5. (Photo by BRYCE MARTIN/Herald)
Clara Goetz of Killdeer submits her ballot for the city sales tax vote March 5. (Photo by BRYCE MARTIN/Herald)

By BRYCE MARTIN

Herald Editor

 Posted March 8, 2013

KILLDEER — With the strong winter storm that plummeted Killdeer’s roads with ice, sleet and snow Monday, turnout for the city sales tax vote was uncertain.

Once roads were clear, however, residents came out to show how they felt about the one percent city sales tax used specifically to fund the city’s outdoor pool.

Killdeer resident Clara Goetz voted in the afternoon, showing her staunch support for continuing to fund the Killdeer pool.

“I want to definitely keep the pool as much as possible,” Goetz said, adding that her grandchildren enjoy occupying the pool in the warm seasons.

When the votes were tallied at the end of the night, there were 36 votes in support of the tax, with 2 votes in opposition. Thirty-eight total people came out to vote.

The current city sales tax goes until 2015. If voters would have been against the tax, then it would’ve ended in 2015 and the city would only have a 1/2 percent tax. That tax would come up for vote when it is set to expire.

“(The city council) wanted to vote early on it, because the pool that we have now is in such terrible shape,” Killdeer City Administrator Dawn Marquardt said.

The existing pool has been in its location since 1989, located near Killdeer Public School. It has been a popular attraction since its establishment, but is in need of extensive updating.

“Some of the commissioners were talking about maybe doing something different, as an indoor before they do something like that, they wanted to know that the funding would be there,” Marquardt said.

The city sales tax currently stands at 1 1/2 percent, with a 5 1/2 percent state sales tax. The one percent goes to fund the pool, salary for pool managers, construction, and maintenance. The half percent goes to fund the Killdeer golf course.

With the vote to approve the tax, it now extends to 2025.

Contact Bryce Martin at bmartin@countrymedia.net.


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