Butler County Times Gazette
  • City considering members of sales tax task force

  • The El Dorado City Commission is beginning the process to establish a new Sales Tax Task Force.
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  • The El Dorado City Commission is beginning the process to establish a new Sales Tax Task Force.
    "We are beginning the process of putting a task force together for a sales tax election that will come up in April next year," said Tabitha Sharp, city clerk.
    The task force will work to educate the public on what the one cent sales tax is used for, which includes road projects, reducing property taxes and a variety of other projects, with one recent project being the North Main spray park.
    They are in need of 23 additional members to join with the Sales Tax Advisory Committee members to form the task force. This will include two youth commissioners, an El Dorado, Inc. representative and 20 at-large citizens.
    "It's a good mechanism where money from outside the community helps reduce the tax burdens on the citizens of the community," Mayor Tom McKibban said.
    "I know several towns around us have adopted a one-cent sales tax," added Commissioner David Chapin. "We were kind of a leader once again in that battle to fix our streets and reduce some of the burden of property tax."
    The commissioners will be putting together suggestions for the task force.
    In other business, the commission:
    • approved a special use permit to allow off-site parking for Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital on property located at 715 W. Central, which is west of the dialysis center. It would provide 30 potential sites for the center.
    • approved a special use permit for the Assembly of God Church to allow a public assembly venue at the old Washington Elementary building. The church purchased the building from the school district.

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