Town halls planned for sales tax proposal

Mayor Loren Graham, center, discusses dates for town hall meetings focused on the city's upcoming sales tax ballot issue with city council members, from left: Ellen Goodwin, Nathan Miller, Josh Smith and Pam Behring. The council decided to hold two town hall meetings at 7 p.m Tuesday, March. 19 and Tuesday, March 26, and proposed to hold them at Sesquicentennial Building in Flower City Park.
Posted: Feb. 22, 2019 4:23 pm

Palmyra city officials are preparing to discuss a proposed sales tax aimed at fixing stormwater issues that will appear on the ballot in April.

If approved by voters on April 2, the sales tax ballot issue would add 1/4-cent to the existing 1/4-cent capitol improvement sales tax and help fund high priority stormwater repairs. Palmyra city council members and city officials decided to hold town hall meetings at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 26, and proposed the Sesquicentennial Building in Flower City Park as a venue. They plan to invite officials from Klingner and Associates, who performed a city-wide master plan for stormwater management in 2017.

The city’s existing capitol improvement sale tax, approved by voters in 1999, funds pavement resurfacing along with other infrastructure and capitol repairs, and maintenance work. Mayor Loren Graham said town hall participants can ask questions about the proposed tax and the stormwater work.

He said a previous pair of sales tax proposals were not approved at the polls in 2018, and the combined 1/2-cent of revenue those would have provided stormwater management about $200,000 annually. Only one ballot measure is proposed this time, and the city is asking for 1/4-cent in sales tax revenue, which would provide about $100,000 each year for stormwater work.

"It'll take us twice as long to do it, but at least we'll get it started, rather than just dropping the ball altogether," Graham said.

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