Republic Council asked to approve one-cent sales tax for April ballot

The Republic City Council was asked at the Nov. 27 council meeting to consider supporting a one-cent sales tax initiative on the April ballot, the proceeds of which would be used for numerous projects citywide—including a new city hall.
The proposal will bring in a projected $29,602,474 to the city over 10 years. The revenue would be used for the following:
Breakdown of revenue
Fire Department (10 new firefighters) - $6,763,961 (22.85 percent)
Police Department (nine new officers) - $6,544,250 (22.11 percent)
New city hall - $6,378,000 (21.55 percent)
Retirement - $4,317,000 (14.58 percent)
Streets - $3,557,000 (12.02 percent)
Debt payment - $1,136,550 (3.84 percent)
Additional services - $905,712 (3.06 percent)
Council members will have until the Dec. 11 meeting to decide whether to support the tax appearing on the April ballot. The last time the general revenue sales tax was approved was in 1981, and has not been increased since.
Also during the Nov. 27 council meeting, it was announced that longtime city clerk Brenda Jackson will be leaving her position. The city is now seeking her replacement.
 

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