Cedar Rapids City Leaders Encourage LOST for Road Improvement
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Cedar Rapids city leaders kicked off a vote yes effort Friday morning for the one cent local option sales tax. A vote yes would mean continuing the current option tax amount, but the extra penny would go toward fixing up roads.
A poll out earlier this month shows that majority of voters back the LOST extension going to fixing streets. Out of 400 people polled, 68 percent are in favor. While 25 percent were against putting the money toward the streets.
Supporters ran a very intensive, and expensive campaign, the first time. The second time it was very low key with little involvement by city leaders. This time, supporters say the key is the switch from funding future flood protection to fixing streets.
"What we have neglected is the transportation means by which we get to these beautiful buildings...the streets are, as Mr. Moyle mentioned, are in a terrific state of disrepair and it's hard on vehicles," Ray Dochterman, Cedar Rapids Building Trades Council, said.
Option tax extensions will be on the municipal ballot in other Linn County communities on November 5th. But Cedar Rapids is the only community to propose using 100 percent of the income for streets.
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