To the editor:
I am writing in response to Mr. Kjera’s letter that was published on Friday, March 17 to clarify some information. I serve as the chairperson for the Craig Sales Tax Committee and have spent hours gathering information regarding both the sales tax and the use tax to provide the information to voters so they can make an informed decision when casting their ballots.
On June 14, 2016, Craig City Council discussed at length the possibility of putting a sales tax or a sales/use tax on the ballot for April 2017. On Dec. 13, 2016, city council, again after a lengthy discussion, approved Ordinance 1059 referring a question to the voters regarding a sales tax increase and imposition of a use tax on purchases of vehicles outside the city and setting ballot question 1A.
These meetings are open to the public and generally the decisions such as the tax question are also covered in detail by the Craig Daily Press and KRAI. Any community member is welcome to attend, and there is an audience comment time to voice any concerns regarding such discussions. I do not believe that the intention of the city council was to “scam” or “confuse” voters.
This information has been very public since the December decision to move forward with the ballot issue. The reason behind combining the sales tax and the use tax into one ballot question was to maximize the tax dollars that could be collected.
The sales tax alone without adding the use tax revenue would not generate the $2.4 million dollars that would not only balance the budget for 2018, but give the city additional revenue for capital improvements, such as roof replacement, equipment, and economic development opportunities. I know city council is working with other organizations to make Craig a community that can thrive not just survive. Please join me in voting yes on 1A! Invest in the future of Craig!