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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Coralville Courier: Local option sales tax 'pitch'

Excerpted from this post at Coralville Courier

Most of you are already aware of the proposed one-cent sales tax
increase in Johnson County which will be voted upon in a special
election May 5. The implied need for this tax is to generate revenue
(approximately $72.8 million over a four year period) for various flood
projects in Coralville and Iowa City. Iowa City and Coralville are
two of the (11) municipalities which comprise Johnson County. The
psychology behind the support of this tax is intriguing. First, it
addresses compassion for those unjustly inflicted by the flood.
Secondly, it imparts our duty as citizens of Johnson County to assist
our neighbors in need. While I believe no one in our county is
unsympathetic to such needs, to sell the need for a one-cent tax is
questionable.

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