by Steve Peterson
Plymouth County Supervisors approved Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) ballot language for a special election in the county’s unincorporated areas Aug. 6.
The supervisors’ vote on the ballot wording was 4-0. The ballot states: “Shall the Unincorporated Areas of Plymouth County impose a sales and service tax at the rate of one (1 percent) to be effective Jan. 1, 2017 and expire Dec. 31, 2032, with revenues from the tax to be allocated for zero percent for Property Tax Relief and 100 percent for Capital Improvements, Infrastructure, and County Betterment projects, including, but not limited to, Plymouth County roads and bridges.”
Le Mars councilors requested the election on Aug. 6 to secure funding for a Floyd Valley Hospital capital project. The LOST levy is a 1 percent sales and services tax.
May 31 is the last day for city officials to submit ballot language, prepared by John Danos of the law firm Dorsey & Whitney, to the Plymouth County auditor.
Key dates include June 7, the deadline to publish ballot proposition in the local newspapers by the auditor; July 17, the first day for the auditor to publish notice of election and the sample ballot; and Aug. 2 is the last day for the auditor to publish notice of election and the sample ballot. The auditor must notify the Iowa Director of Revenue by Aug. 16 if the tax is approved.