Sheldon Council To Discuss Putting Tax Increase On Ballot

Date posted - September 1, 2015

city councilSheldon, Iowa — When the Sheldon City Council meets Wednesday September 2nd they will consider a resolution to put an increase in the City’s Hotel/Motel tax on the ballot this fall.  The resolution would propose that the tax rate be increased from the current five percent to the State limit of seven percent.  The resolution states that it could be used for a wide variety of purposes as stated in the Iowa Code, including construction and operation of recreation, convention or entertainment facilities.  It also approves use of the funds for the promotion and encouragement of tourist and convention business in the City of Sheldon and surrounding areas.

Income from the Hotel/Motel tax has been increasing every year with receipts in 2014 reaching $111,703.00. These funds have been allotted to various programs and projects by the Marketing Committee.  Some council members have voiced the opinion that the Council should have the opportunity to participate in how these funds are spent.  However, up to this time, there has been no action taken on the idea.

In other business the Council will address a request from Bethel Reformed Church to temporarily block off the street in front of their church on Wednesday evenings from 5:15 until 7:30 as a safety measure for the children attending Wednesday night activities.

Wednesday’s meeting will begin at 4:30 in council chambers which are located in the upper level of the Sheldon Community Services Building.

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