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Linn County approves LOST resolutions

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- The Linn County Board of Supervisors approved two separate resolutions on Wednesday regarding the extension a 1% local option sales and services tax.

All Linn County voters, except those in Bertram, Coggon and Prairieburg, will decide May 3rd on whether or not to extend the tax that is set to sunset on June 30, 2014.  Bertram, Coggon and Prairieburg previously voted to never sunset their local option sales tax.

The first resolution approved sets the sunset date for each jurisdiction.  In Alburnett, Cedar Rapids, Center Point, Ely, Fairfax, Hiawatha, unincorporated Linn County, Lisbon, Marion, Mount Vernon, Palo, Robins, Springville and Walford the tax would sunset on June 30, 2034 if passed.

In Central City and Walker, the tax will never sunset if passed.

The second resolution spelled out how Linn County will use revenue from the tax for the unincorporated areas of the county.

50% will be used for the Linn County Secondary Road system, 25% will be used for Linn County Conservation programs and the other 25% percent will be used for property tax relief exclusively on property located in rural, unincorporated areas of Linn County.

"Twenty-five percent property tax relief on a $200,000 property is approximately $100 a year, and the average resident pays approximately $90 a year for the penny tax, so this is essentially a tax cut for many residents in the rural, unincorporated areas of Linn County," said Linn County Supervisor Chairman Ben Rogers in a written statement. "Add to that the benefits of improvements to the secondary road system and the conservation benefits, and this is a great opportunity for rural residents."

If the local option sales tax passes in both the metro and unincorporated areas, they estimate the tax will generate $100 million for use in the unincorporated areas of the county.

If it doesn't pass in the unincorporated area but passes in the metro area, rural residents will have to pay the tax in the metro area but will not receive the benefits of the tax.

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