Topping the agenda of Monday's regular Assembly meeting is an ordinance extending the temporary 3 percent sales tax, a measure that would make that permanent, and an ordinance that would increase the tax on marijuana to 8 percent.
Topping the agenda of Monday's regular Assembly meeting is an ordinance extending the temporary 3 percent sales tax and another measure that would make it permanent.
One would extend the levy for five years beginning July 1, 2017. The other would make it permanent as of July 1, 2022 when the temporary five year extension expired.
As proposed, both would appear on the October ballot.
Assembly member Maria Gladziszewski talked about that while a guest on Action Line Friday:
"Every 5 years for 30 years, city residents have said yes to to extending that temporary thing, and so I don't think there's any assembly member that's not going to vote for putting that five year extension on the ballot. I'd be shocked if there was. The only sort of debate is should we put a question on the ballot that makes it permanent." She added that it could be confusing on the ballot depending on how it is worded."
Also up for action is an ordinance that would increase the tax on marijuana and marijuana products from 5 to 8 percent:
"People said we want to treat marijuana like alcohol and alcohol is taxed at 8% in this community, so the assembly is going to put on the ballot, 'Do you want to tax marijuana at that same rate', so that's another measure that would be on the fall ballot if passed."
The Assembly meeting convenes at 7 p.m. in Assembly chambers at City Hall.