The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 30, 2013

Clinton residents will vote on tax levies Tuesday

By Katie Dahlstrom
Assistant Editor

CLINTON — Clinton voters will decide more than who they would like to run their city when they head to the polls Nov. 5.   

Voters will face two ballot measures that if approved will change the way the city of Clinton uses tax dollars to pay for sewer improvements.

According to City Administrator Jessica Kinser, both of these referendums are on the ballot because the city is actively trying to pay for future capital projects in the sewer area without having to raise sewer rates in order to complete the projects.

The city has $23 million in mandated sewer work from fiscal years 2018 to 2025 that are part of the city’s long-term control plan without a funding source.     

The first measure voters will encounter will be Proposition E to authorize a change in the use of the one percent local option sales tax in the city.

Voters will answer “yes” or “no” to the question, “Shall the City of Clinton, Iowa be authorized to reallocate proceeds generated by the local option sales tax from the purposes of property tax relief and sewer/street/wastewater treatment plant construction and reconstruction in equal shares to the single purpose of sewer/street/wastewater treatment plant construction and reconstruction?”

If the voters approved, it would allow the city to use $1.5 million of LOST revenue for sewer work while using the remaining $1.5 million to continue the city’s pavement management program.

According to City Engineer Jason Craft, if the pavement management program is completed according to plan, the city will be able to focus on a yearly resurfacing and maintenance plan beginning in 2019 or 2020, with the goal of maintaining decent streets rather than repairing them.

If the voters turned down the measure, the city would lose the pavement management program unless it came up with another way to fund it.

If the reallocation is approved, property taxes will a yearly resurfacing and maintenance plan begin- ning in 2019 or 2020, with the goal of maintain- ing decent streets rather than repairing them.

If the voters turned down the measure, the city would lose the pavement management program unless it came up with another way to fund it.

If the reallocation is approved, property taxes will increase about $1.44 annually per $1,000 of taxable value, or approxi- mately $72 per year for a home with a taxable value of $50,000.

Voters also will decide on Proposition F to autho- rize the city of Clinton to levy a tax to fund a capital improvement program to support capital projects associated with sewer and storm sewer systems effective July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2039.

The Capital Improve- ment Tax Levy will add $0.675 per $1,000 of taxable value, or approxi- mately $33.75 annually on a home with a taxable value of $50,000.