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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 17, 2018

Towns consider LOST referendum

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Aug 25, 2017

Several Jefferson County cities including Fairfield are considering a resolution calling for a local option sales tax referendum.

“They are changing their language a little bit, but Jefferson County is not,” Reed said, explaining that several years ago, the cities within the county voted on a measure to approve LOST to raise funding for the Jefferson County Jail. However now, some of those towns would like to make changes to it.

Reed said that, on Monday, the county supervisors would discuss and consider setting a date for a LOST election for interested cities within Jefferson County.

“Iowa Code requires us to set the date for everyone in Jefferson County,” Reed said.

“The city of Fairfield initiated it,” said Jefferson County deputy auditor Shannon Pearson.

In addition to Fairfield, Maharishi Vedic City, Lockridge and Libertyville have all set meetings intended to discuss a resolution calling for an election on the “Question of Impostiton” of local option sales tax.

The board of supervisors will set an election date for all of the cities interested in the referendum.

Although the item to discuss the measure is on the county’s agenda, Reed said that the county didn’t plan to make any changes to its current LOST set up.

“We’re quite satisfied with the way that it is right now, with 80 percent relief for property tax and 20 percent for bridges, culverts and road repair,” Reed said. “We have two more opportunities over the next two years before it sunsets to decide whether we want to change it from what it is now. Next year, we will start thinking about whether or not we want to change it. But if not then, we would still have another year before it expires.”

Reed said the county has several options on the table, but right now the supervisors “don’t think that anything is broken, so we’re not going to fix anything.”



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