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A taxing issue

Sales tax a fair way to fund city

At its meeting Monday night, the Great Bend City Council considered a resolution to ask voters in the upcoming April election if they want to continue the one half-cent city sales tax. The tax first approved by constituents in 2000, will sunset as of  April 1, 2015.
 The purpose of the tax is three-fold – to provide property tax reduction, infrastructure improvements and economic development incentives.
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 percent goes ...

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