Tax ballot question to be discussed Thursday at community forum in Craig

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At 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Center of Craig, a community forum will take place to discuss the sales/use tax initiative that will appear on April’s ballot.

All community members are encouraged to attend and ask any questions they may have before voting begins.

Thursday’s meeting will be the second of three community forums on the sales/use tax. One forum was held earlier in February and the third will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 13 at the Center of Craig, the same week that the mail-in ballots will be sent out to voters.

If approved by voters, the sales/use tax is projected to bring in an additional $2.4 million to the city of Craig in the first year.

The purpose of the forums is to provide a presentation on the city’s finances, discuss cuts that have been made, explain the current situation with the city’s budget and give community members the opportunity to ask questions.

“The reason for these community meetings is to provide an opportunity for voters to be educated. How they choose to vote is their right, but we just want to make sure that they’re making an informed vote,” said city council candidate Andrea Camp.

Comments

Mark Jacobson 3 weeks, 4 days ago

I absolutely refuse to vote yes on a use tax. In a nutshell all they're doin is asking the people who remain here to pay extra to make up for the loss in population as people move away. They say it's to "maintain" their existing level of service. Following this logic if all but 100 people move away from this area should we put the tax burden on the remaining 100 people or scale back the services offered?

I don't personally have a beef with the individuals on city council but this is a decision I'm hoping the voters shoot down OVERWHELMINGLY. Looking at the city spending I'm still not impressed, and to be honest I don't have any questions they can answer in a way that makes me ok with a use tax. Even if they cut back on their discretionary lunch spending that's just being good stewards of the resources, NO ON THE USE TAX!!!!!

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Andrea Camp 3 weeks, 3 days ago

As a member of the Craig Sales Tax Committee promoting Ballot Issue 1A I would like to share some information regarding the use tax. The proposed 3.5% use tax only applies to titled vehicles purchased outside of Craig. If you purchase a vehicle in the city limits you pay sales tax. Your vehicle purchase is only subject to one tax, either a sales tax or a use tax, not both. To learn more please join us on Thursday, March 2 or Monday, March 13, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., at the Center of Craig.

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Mark Jacobson 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Yeah I'm still not game, it's been known for a long time that our car dealerships don't exactly offer stellar deals. Now we have a county commissioner who would benefit significantly from a situation where the city gets a use tax driving sales domestically to Craig. This just stinks of shady backscratching and a blatant grab at revenue in a very poor way that burdens citizens unfairly.

I may attend the meeting with a few questions about some things but I don't exactly expect an answer that calls out the good ol boys club. I still stand my ground that the drop in revenue needs to coincide with scaling back the budget. I and many other citizens who decide to stay in Craig do not feel we should be taxing ourselves additionally so that a few people with the "right" last name can keep riding a political gravy train. NO on the use tax!!!!

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