The Andover City Council plans to vote Tuesday evening on a resolution that would add a question on November's voting ballot levying a one percent retailers' sales tax in the City of Andover.
The Andover City Council plans to vote Tuesday evening on a resolution that would add a question on November's voting ballot levying a one percent retailers' sales tax in the City of Andover. Assistant City Administrator Jennifer McCausland explained that, if passed, the retail tax would be used to fund capital improvement projects that are unfunded and for property tax relief. Examples of capital improvements that could be funded through the sales tax include the new street shop, 13th Street Park parking lot lights, restrooms at Central Park, the amphitheater, a new fire truck and the purchase of land south of US Highway 54 for a park. The property tax relief would not be a defined reduction. Rather, every year the Council would decide how much of the sales tax would be used for capital improvements and how much will go back to property owners for property tax relief. If the resolution passes Tuesday evening, McCausland said there will be a lot of communication from the City to help educate voters on how the money would be used. She said the City would plan two open houses and two public meetings for the fall. The open houses would give citizens the opportunity to walk around and learn about the unfunded capital improvement projects. The public meetings would take place at the high schools and would be traditional question and answer forums.