Ione Talks Sales Tax Increase And Wastewater

Ione Talks Sales Tax Increase And Wastewater

Ione continued its discussion of the proposed self-help sales tax increase as well as dealing with several other areas of city business at its meeting last night. With supervisor Frank Axe, one of the main proponents of the sales tax increase, present, the council continued its discussion of the merits of the measure, which is intended to raise funds for road repairs. The council was concerned over the Mule Creek State Prison Population not counting for Ione’s share of the money raised to which Axe replied that the committee that wrote the proposed sales tax increase felt that, as they didn’t drive, the prisoners should not count for a share of road repair funds. The council had voted 4-0 at their last meeting to support the measure. Councilmember Stacy Rhoades, who was not there for the vote, expressed his opposition to the increase. The council also awarded a contract to update the city’s waste water balance. This document details how the city manages and disposes of its treated and untreated wastewater. The task is made more difficult because Ione’s agreement with the ARSA system ending in a few years, greatly affecting how Ione deals with wastewater. The council also discussed more possible revenue sources, such as renegotiating the split of property taxes with the county or receiving sales tax money from items sold at Mule Creek.

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