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Both sides make final push before L.O.S.T. vote

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by Bryan Goettel

JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) - The final push is on for both supporters and opponents of the proposed Local Option Sales Tax going to a vote Tuesday in Johnson County.

"We bought some yard signs, we've been making telephone calls," said Deborah Thornton, co-chair of "Ax the Tax," an organization opposed to the one-percent increase.

Volunteers with "Ax the Tax" stood along the Coralville Strip Monday trying to sway voters.

"We're in the middle of the worst recession since the great depression and you don't raise taxes on people when they're losing their jobs," said Thornton.

Also along the strip, blue tape put up this week by "Yes for All", a group supporting the tax. The tape marks the water line from last year's flood.

"We've got to really work hard even in these last hours to get out the vote," said "Yes for All" co-chair Steve McGuire.

If it passes, Iowa City and Coralville plan on using all the revenue for flood protection projects like raising the Park Road bridge.

"All the communities in Johnson County are affected economically by this flood," said McGuire. "The mitigation projects give us a level of protection that we have not had."

The bridge is just one of several aspects of this proposed tax dividing both sides. But both feel optimistic about Tuesday's results.

"That at it's core, a community that doesn't support the local option sales tax will not get the revenue that's generated from it," said McGuire.

"So a lot of people still don't seem to know much about it, but we feel we are going to be able to defeat it," said Thornton.

Right now Johnson County is the only county in the state without a Local Option Sales Tax. If passed, it would be in effect for four years before going back to the ballot for another vote.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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