June 7, 2019
City to Pursue Sales Tax
On May 28 the City Council directed staff to proceed with a ballot question to increase the city sales tax by .5 percent for 20 years. If passed by city voters, the additional revenues will fund a specific list of eight projects, including: a new recreation center in west Loveland, an expansion of the museum, construction and renovation of two fire stations, a new library, and several transportation projects including the expansion of Eisenhower between Boise and Rocky Mountain Avenue, Taft Avenue improvements and a reconstruction of the Taft and Eisenhower intersection and recreation trail underpasses.
The City did outreach and polling to determine the level of support for individual projects. Interestingly, the transportation and fire station projects polled highest. The rec center, library and museum projects received the lowest level of support from residents.
Not all members of Council were completely supportive of the ballot measure, but they were willing to let the voters make the final decision. Now the staff will evaluate financing options, development an estimated timeline for the projects and draft the ballot language. According to state law, the City Council must vote to place the measure on the November ballot in August.