Cities hold local sales tax vote today
Voters in Des Moines, Alleman, Altoona, Pleasant Hill, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights today will vote on whether to raise the sales tax to 7 cents on the dollar from 6 cents. The cities are looking to use the revenue to offset property taxes and to pay for critical services. Currently, 97 percent of Iowans pay the 7-cent sales tax, but the proposal has not passed across Polk County. This is the first vote under new legislation that allows Polk County cities to vote on the issue independently. Polls close at 8 p.m. The Business Record summarized the issue in a previous story.
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