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A TAXING ISSUE

When it comes to sales taxes, it’s complicated

In 2000, voters in the City of Great Bend approved a half-cent city sales tax, a tax that first bore fruit in 2001.
The purpose of the tax was three-fold, said City Administrator Howard Partington – to provide property tax reduction, infrastructure improvements and economic development incentives.
But, it expires in April 2015 and Partington said the city may take a renewal to the voters this coming April.
The tax has generated between $1.4 million and $1.9 million each year. Despite the 2008 recession, it has continued to dump money into the general fund coffers.
Of the total, 35 ...


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