By Julie Ann Madden
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on the upcoming Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) election.
Plymouth County rural residents plus municipal residents of Akron, Le Mars and Remsen will go to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 6 and vote on a special tax levy.
City and county officials are hoping voters will pass a Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) levy.
The current 1 percent sales and services tax expires Dec. 31, 2016, and if approved, a new LOST levy of 1 percent sales and services would go into effect Jan. 1, 2017.
Le Mars officials are interested in renewing their LOST levy to fund a $22 million hospital renovation project.
Plymouth County supervisors would like to renew theirs for infrastructure needs with a majority going for bridge and road repairs in unincorporated areas. They have stated none of the unincorporated tax dollars would go toward the city’s hospital project.
In April, Akron city officials unanimously approved a purpose statement stating the LOST revenues would be allocated as zero percent for property tax relief and used to fund municipal capital improvements and carrying out community betterment projects impacting the City of Akron.
Remsen officials plan to use their LOST revenues, if approved, for zero percent property tax relief and 100 percent infrastructure and/or economic development.
This new LOST levy is for 15 years, expiring on Dec. 31 2031.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 6. Both the Akron and Westfield polling sites will be open — Voters will cast ballots where they normally do in a General Elections. Therefore, Akron voters will cast ballots at the Akron Public Library Meeting Room. Those voting at the Westfield Community Center are rural residents who normally cast ballots there in General Elections. Westfield city residents do not vote in this election as their LOST levy doesn’t expire.
For more information on voting, contact the Plymouth County Auditor’s Office at 712-546-6100.